Luke 21:20–24 (ESV)
Jesus Foretells Destruction of Jerusalem
20 “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has come near. 21 Then
let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, and let those who are inside the city depart, and let not those who are out in the country enter it, 22 for these are days of vengeance, to fulfill all
that is written. 23 Alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! For there will be great distress upon the earth and wrath against this people.
24 They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive among all nations, and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
Jesus foretells Jerusalem’s destruction, pointing ahead to the judgment of all the world. God’s impending judgment cannot be ignored. However, we can face the judgment unafraid, because Jesus has already
borne God’s vengeance for our sakes and takes away the cause of judgment: our sins.
I pray: Lord, keep us ever watchful and repentant until Your return. Amen.
Edward A. Engelbrecht, The Lutheran Study Bible (St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2009), 1761.