Family Bible Study lesson for Aug. 14: I Shall Return : Friday, July 29, 2005
July 29 2005 by Chadwick Ivester

Family Bible Study lesson for Aug. 14: I Shall Return : Friday, July 29, 2005
Friday, July 29, 2005

Family Bible Study lesson for Aug. 14: I Shall Return

By Chadwick Ivester
Focal passages: Luke 21:5-9, 25-28, 34-36

Moving our focus from Jesus to the allures of the world is easy to do. This is exactly what Jesus' disciples did when they were consumed with the beauty of the temple in Jerusalem. They expected Jesus to be awestruck by its beauty also. Yet Jesus shattered their "warm-fuzzy" moment of admiration by prophesying the destruction of the temple.

The World Trade Center in New York City generated awe among many who saw the twin towers reaching 110 stories into the sky. Designer Minoru Yamasaki even marveled at the buildings: "The World Trade Center is a living symbol of man's dedication to world peace ... because of its importance, becomes a representation of man's belief in humanity, his need for individual dignity, his beliefs in the cooperation of men, and through cooperation, his ability to find greatness."

Thousands of tourists marveled at the World Trade Center on Sept. 10, 2001. Yet the next day, in less than two hours, it collapsed into a monstrous pile of rubble because of the most horrific terrorist attack in history.

May this remind us that the temporal things of this world, no matter how majestic and invincible they may seem, only bring temporary delight. Only when we admire and worship Jesus, the true Temple of God, will our affections never be taken away or destroyed (Luke 10:42).

Jesus' disciples had not yet understood Him as God in the flesh. They immediately wanted to know when the destruction of the temple would happen. He then directed their attention to Himself to teach them about His second-coming.

Watch Out for Frauds

Luke 21:5-9

Ravi Zacharias wrote: "Something that is counterfeit is, by definition, intended to closely resemble what is genuine. Counterfeits are made of things that are valuable: jewels, works of art, currency. The more closely they resemble the genuine article, the bigger the threat they pose. The Department of Treasury does not concern itself with studying Monopoly 'play money,' and curators do not waste time examining poor copies of masterpieces. Those charged with protecting something precious realize that imitation is the most dangerous form of thievery."

The culture we live in has adapted pluralism as a supreme value. Therefore, it is very profitable for us to take heed to Jesus' advice about counterfeit messiahs.

Jesus warned His disciples that many counterfeit messiahs would come seeking to deceive the multitudes.

"Counterfeit currency would not exist if there were not such a thing as genuine currency," Zacharias said. "Likewise, the existence of counterfeit spirituality actually testifies to the reality of a true spirituality. False messiahs exist because they are imitations of the true Messiah."

The most effective way FBI agents are trained to detect counterfeit money is by studying the genuine article. May every Christian do the same by studying the Christ of the Bible, the Genuine Article!

Look for Redemption

Luke 21:25-28

Since 2001, humanity has experienced many turbulent events including 9-11, the War in Iraq, the recent hurricane epidemic, the Asian Tsunami disaster and the London terrorist attacks. These events have brought fear to millions. These events should not alarm us because Jesus said such things would happen before His second-coming.

For those who don't believe in Christ these events should be a call to repentance (Luke 13:1-5). Yet for the Christian they are definite reminders of our Lord's second-coming!

Remain Diligent

Luke 21:34-36

People who focus on the world have no regard for Christ's second-coming. That is evident by their ungodly living. Yet the Christian anticipates our Lord's coming by diligently living a holy life.

The Lord Jesus gives a great promise, "If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come back and receive you to Myself, so that where I am you may be also" (John 14:3).

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