As Jesus is predicting how difficult conditions will be in the future, we can just imagine the anxiety rising up in the disciples hearts as He spoke. It was one thing to hear what will happen to nations, earthquakes, famines, and pestilences, but He made it more personal by saying, “before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons” (Luke 21:12). This could have caused deeper fears, until they heard Him say;
“But not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your lives” (21:18–19).
What did Jesus mean? Was He just meaning the hairs on their head? Jesus gives the same assurance in John 10; “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand” (10:28–29).
It is important to keep the troubles we face from the world in perspective. Jesus reminds us; “I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do” (Luke 12:4). What is done in this life is only temporal and has no effect on our eternal life and promises we have received from God in Christ.
I do not know what you may be going through at this moment, but I invite you to look beyond the present trials to what is eternal. Paul reminds us; “For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:17–18). KKEP THE RIGHT PERSPECTIVE!
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