The disciples of Jesus asked Him to tell them when His somber predictions of the future would come to pass, and what would be the sign of His coming. In response, Jesus gave them a lengthy description of what to expect and how conditions would be on the earth before His return.
In Luke 21:9, He said, “But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.” (That is to say, the end is not yet.)
The word “commotions” used in the King James Bible caught my attention. The Strong’s Concordance says the word means “instability, a state of disorder, disturbance, confusion.” Other Bible translations substitute the words ‘insurrections’ and ‘uprisings.’ How timely and relevant the Word of God is for today! We have seen our fair share of uprisings, disturbances, and instability in 2020 and the start of 2021, haven’t we?
Jesus commands that we “be not terrified” when we see such occurrences taking place in the world. When such ‘commotions’ arise, we should not be afraid or panic. Instead, Jesus reminds us, “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:28)
Those who don’t know Jesus Christ, however, are fearful about events presently transpiring in the major cities across our land and in our branches of government. You might say many people are so focused on these great commotions happening in America right now.
Our focus however, should not be on ‘The Great Commotion’;
our focus should be on The Great Commission.
In these troubling times, it is important we do not lose sight of the fact that men and women are slipping into eternity every day without having repented of their sins and without having made Jesus Christ their Lord and Savior. We have the answer the world is looking for! In these times of great commotion, let us use every opportunity to help others see that what Jesus Christ predicted is coming to pass, that His return is imminent, and that He can save their souls and provide the peace they need during this time.