The 23rd Sunday After Pentecost, November 17, 2019

Gospel Reading Luke 21:5-28

Jesus has promised us, “I am with you always, to the end of the age.”1 Do you see?  He said, he meant it.  He has not left us on our own. He has brought us into His Kingdom in the waters of Baptism and keeps and guards us through the preaching of His Gospel and the forgiveness of sins found in Holy Communion. Jesus tells us to “straighten up and raise your heads” even though we deserve the opposite, for we should by all accounts be looking for a place to hide and withdraw. But He not only commands us to straighten and raise our heads, He makes it happen through His love for us which He poured out on the cross in His blood.  “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight.”2 God is getting ready to bring that final release and deliverance, our rescue from sin, death, and devil, the fulfillment of all our hopes and all His promises, to its glorious end on that last day. Remember and keep this in your heart always: “your redemption is drawing near,” for your salvation is nearer to you now then is was yesterday.

1 Mt 28:20.

2 Eph 1:7–8.

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