Luke 21:5-38

Jesus spoke about the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem (v. 6, 20-24) and his second coming (v. 25-28) in almost the same breath. With the initiation of the kingdom of God in Jesus’ first coming and the consummation of the kingdom at Jesus’ second coming it is as if all of the events in between don’t really need to be separated out. Instead, for us who are living in the “times of the Gentiles,” after the destruction of the temple in 70 CE and before the very visible, unmistakable return of Jesus sometime in the future, we are called to not get caught up in the anxieties of life or determining eschatological timing but to watch and pray.