The Beginnings of the Birth Pangs – Matthew 24.1-14
Wars and rumours of wars… famine and earthquakes… torture… false prophets… lawlessness.
What a world we live in. What turbulent times.
Is it reassuring – or perhaps not? – to hear Jesus speak of these things, not as signs that it’s all gone wrong, but as somehow part of the plan.
Is it reassuring – or perhaps not? – to think of the generations of Christians before us who have seen things very like these – and things very different – before us, and have struggled to reconcile them with these same passages of scripture.
How do bring all this – the catastrophic, the cataclysmic (whether on a personal or a global scale) – back to God?