devotional post # 2053
Luk 21:12 But before all these things they will brutalise you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors because of my name.
Luk 21:13 This will turn out to be your opportunity to testify.
Luk 21:14 Settle it therefore in your minds not to prepare beforehand how to defend yourself,
Luk 21:15 because I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your confronters will be able to withstand or contradict.
Luk 21:16 You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and some of you they will put to death.
Luk 21:17 You will be hated by everyone because of my name.
Luk 21:18 But not a hair of your head will be lost.
Luk 21:19 By your endurance you will get your souls.
Jesus is warning believers of an intense period of persecution that will take place within the generation before the destruction of the temple. He warns that some will suffer the ultimate persecution and be put to death during this time. Others will be beaten severely, others imprisoned. But Jesus encourages his listeners to look beyond this tough time and remember his promise of permanent protection. In the end, not even a hair on their heads will be lost — even if those heads roll. By their faithful endurance in testifying to who he is, these Christians going through a tough time will get their souls — they will be delivered at his return.
As I right this, I am going through a very tough time. My promise from Jesus is that he will rescue me. It may not be in the way I want. It may not be what I expect. But, ultimately, I have his promise of permanent protection. And while this is happening, I have an opportunity to testify about Christ. I can endure this tough time because of the faithfulness of the One who has promised me permanent protection.
LORD, your faithfulness inspires us to be faithful — no matter what.