By Fr. Felix (African Times Guest Writer)
According to the Gospel of Luke (21:5:-11) each
of the three synoptic (same perspective)
Gospels (Mt.,Mk., & Lk) has this great discourse
by Jesus before the final days of Jesus’ life and
In Mark and Matthew the discourse is centred
on the destruction of Jerusalem as a sign and
portent of the conclusion of all history, when
the son of man will come in his majesty. But for
Luke it is different. He is here concerned with
the destruction of the Temple itself and of the
city of Jerusalem.
The Son of Man is considering primarily the
events of 70AD, when the Roman armies
sacked the city.
So the location of this discourse remains the
Temple, whereas in Mark and Matthew Jesus
and his disciples are on the hill opposite the
city, the Mount of Olives, looking at the
staggering view of the city, ‘these large
In Luke 21.7 they are talking not about signs of
the end when finally ‘these things will be
brought to an end’, but only about the
destruction of the Temple, ‘when these things
So in Luke Jesus stresses that ‘the end will not
come at once’ (v. 9), and the work of the
disciples is to happen ‘before all these
things’ (v. 12).
The Gospel of The Lord teaches us on how the
Son of Man is exhausted, weak or ill but may be
there, ever to avoid evil and to do good.
And pleading to his Father the Almighty Great
God to Grant him strength never to tire in his
daily journey to the Lord’s Spirit.