And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury. 2 And He saw a poor widow putting in two small copper coins, (21:1-2).
We see His tenderness; as our Savior looks and sees a poor widow’s meager offering, His assessment contradicts what the natural eye beholds. But Jesus always sees into the heart of the matter.
And He said, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them;” (21:3).
And He, Who knows the heart of every man, woman and child went on to explain the reality behind what His followers had observed with the natural eye.
“for they all out of their surplus put into the offering; but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on,” (21:4).
And from the heart of man He moves to the culmination of all of history, His second coming. And in His compassionate grace and lovingkindness, He Aligns Our Vision as He goes beyond the natural to reveal His reality.
Consider Him Who Aligns Our Vision
- He Aligns Our Vision that we not be misled.
- And He said, “See to it that you are not misled; for many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not go after them,” (21:8).
- He Aligns Our Vision to recognize the fulfillment of His Word.
- “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then recognize that her desolation is near. 21 Then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains, and those who are in the midst of the city must leave, and those who are in the country must not enter the city; 22 because these are days of vengeance, so that all things which are written will be fulfilled,” (21:20-22).
- He Aligns Our Vision that we not give way to fear.
- “There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, 26 men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken,” (21:25-26).
- He Aligns Our Vision to live by faith, with conviction and assurance of His return.
- “Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory,” (21:27).
- He Aligns Our Vision that we live in expectation.
- “But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near,” (21:28).
- He Aligns Our Vision to know His kingdom is near.
- Then He told them a parable: “Behold the fig tree and all the trees; 30 as soon as they put forth leaves, you see it and know for yourselves that summer is now near. 31 So you also, when you see these things happening, recognize that the kingdom of God is near,” (21:29-31).
- He Aligns Our Vision that we live alert and ready to stand before Him.
- “Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap; 35 for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth. 36 But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man,” (21:34-36).
How do we respond to Him Who Aligns Our Vision?
Life can easily cloud our vision. It is critical we seek the Lord daily and Align Our Vision, to live with our eyes on Him and eternity.
Even Jesus, the Son of God, while on this earth felt it a necessity to seek His Father in prayer, early in the morning and often all through the night.
Now during the day He was teaching in the temple, but at evening He would go out and spend the night on the mount that is called Olivet, (21:37).
After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone, (Matthew 14:23).
In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there, (Mark 1:35).
It was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God, (Luke 6:12).
Luke 21 ends with a perfect prescription to Align Our Vision:
And all the people would get up early in the morning to come to Him in the temple to listen to Him, (21:38).
Oh that we would truly recognize our desperate need to meet with Him each and every day; that we too might get up early in the morning to come to Him. May we come to listen to Him and see His reality; that we will believe and obey Him Who Aligns Our Vision.