Luke 12 – Warning: Contains disturbing images

Luke 12 – Click here for a version you can listen to

Following on from the warnings and rebukes of the previous chapter Jesus continues in the same theme.

Luke 12 is a dark chapter – full of ominous warnings and mysterious portents!

This is not a recruiting talk – this is not a call to a life of ease and comfort.

This is a dark warning that our time is running out.

Division – conflict – fire – judgement – dismay

And yet – almost as if he can’t help himself we get this beautiful line in the middle

 ‘Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.’

It is so easy to quote that verse out of context, but it gives me real comfort.

In a dark and difficult age, when war and hatred are all around, when the world feels like it is quite literally ccoming apart at the seams, THIS is what Jesus says.

 ‘Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.

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