-This chapter begins with Jesus Christ’s observation of a widow who gave all she had to the Lord in to the treasury. This gift was more blessed in the eyes of God than all the other gifts of the rich who put in their excess out of their surplus. *Application* God continues to look at the heart in each and every situation. Is your heart fully on His Kingdom?
-The subject changes as some were talking of the beauty of the Temple area and Jesus again predicts its collapse and destruction (which occurred in 70 AD). This comment led to questions about when these things would happen and what signs would precede it.
-Jesus offers now His discourse on future events which correlates with Matthew 24 & 25, the entire book of Revelation, and other prophetic Scriptures. He outlines time tables and events that must occur in preparation for the Kingdom of God to be established including wars, famines, earthquakes, plagues, persecution, and the surrounding armies around Jerusalem. There will be great fear among men and signs in the heavens and seas. The very powers of heaven will be shaken (Hebrews 1:10-12, 2 Peter 3:10-12). Then they will see the Son of Man (Jesus) coming in a cloud and power and great glory (Daniel 7:13, Matthew 16:27; 24:30; 26:64, Mark 13:26, Revelation 1:7; 19:11-21). This is when our redemption is drawing near with the Kingdom of God. Jesus gives the parable of the ripening fig tree for discernment of the times and the seasons of His return. *Application* We are basically living in the time of His return according to all the prophetic signs and wonders that have been foretold. There are some events yet to take place, but they could happen almost instantly. The warning is clear from the Lord to us in this time, be on guard, pray, and keep alert for His coming. Trust in Him and endure. His words will not pass away. Do not get weighted down with dissipation (overindulgence, wasteful use), drunkenness, and the worries of this life (Hebrews 12:1-2).
Verse to Memorize: Luke 21:31