Luke 21
The Return of the Son of Man
Signs, Sufferings, and Salvation: The Eschatological Discourse

Luke 21 provides a panoramic view of prophecy and perseverance. Jesus challenges us not only to anticipate the future but also to live faithfully in the present. He calls us to emulate the sacrificial giving of the widow, to endure trials, and to watch for His return with expectant hope. This chapter reminds us that, in the midst of the world's turmoil, our redemption through Christ is certain.

The Widow's Offering (Luke 21:1-4)

Jesus observes a poor widow who puts two small copper coins into the Temple treasury, stating that she has given more than all the wealthy contributors because she gave all she had.

Prophecy of the Temple's Destruction (Luke 21:5-6)

When the disciples marvel at the Temple's beauty, Jesus prophesies its destruction, saying not one stone would be left on another.

Signs of the End Times (Luke 21:7-24)

In response to the disciples' questions about when and what signs will precede these events, Jesus describes a time of false prophets, wars, natural disasters, and persecution of His followers. He also predicts Jerusalem being trampled by Gentiles.

The Second Coming (Luke 21:25-28)

Jesus foretells signs in the sun, moon, and stars, and distress among nations. Then He describes His return in a cloud with power and great glory, encouraging His disciples to stand up and lift their heads, as their redemption draws near.

The Call to Watchfulness (Luke 21:29-38)

Jesus uses the parable of the fig tree to illustrate the certainty of the signs. He cautions His disciples to remain alert, pray for strength, and not be caught unprepared. Despite the religious leaders' opposition, people come early in the morning to hear Him at the temple.

Luke 21 presents a powerful discourse from Jesus, shifting from an example of sacrificial giving by a poor widow to prophecies of the Temple's destruction, signs of the End Times, and His Second Coming. Jesus also emphasizes the importance of spiritual vigilance and endurance in the face of trials and persecutions.

The Widow's Offering: Generosity and Sacrifice.
The Destruction of the Temple: Foretelling the Future.
Signs of the End Times: Prophetic Discourse.
Persecution and Endurance: Faith under Trial.
The Second Coming: The Return of the Messiah.
Watchfulness: Spiritual Vigilance.
The Widow's Offering
Prophecy of the Temple's Destruction
Signs of the End Times
The Second Coming
The Call to Watchfulness
Jesus Christ
The disciples
The poor widow
The Temple in Jerusalem
Bible Study Questions

1. How does the widow's offering challenge your understanding of sacrificial giving?

2. What lessons can you learn from the prophecy about the Temple's destruction?

3. How do the signs of the End Times that Jesus describes relate to events in our world today?

4. What does Jesus' prediction of persecution mean for Christians today?

5. How should we understand and respond to Jesus' teaching about His Second Coming?

6. In light of Jesus' words about the future, how can we live faithfully in the present?

7. How does Jesus' call to watchfulness challenge you in your spiritual journey?

8. What comfort and hope do you find in Jesus' words about the certainty of redemption?

9. How can you apply the message of endurance and perseverance in your personal life?

10. How should we live our lives knowing that Jesus' return is imminent?

11. How does the message of this chapter help you in facing the trials and uncertainties of life?

12. How can we stay spiritually alert in a world full of distractions and temptations?

13. How can we prepare ourselves for the second coming of Jesus?

14. What can we do to ensure we are not led astray by false prophets or teachings?

15. How does this chapter shape your understanding of eschatology (the study of end times)?

16. What kind of prayer life does Jesus recommend in times of trial?

17. How does Jesus' prophecy about Jerusalem resonate with its current status?

18. How do you interpret the parable of the fig tree in your life context?

19. In what ways does knowing about the second coming of Jesus influence your daily decisions?

20. How can the teachings of this chapter help us to share the Gospel message with others?

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