By Patrick Hawthorne
28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. (Luke 21:28 KJV)
I absolutely love this verse. If you follow the context, Jesus has just told His disciples of some hair raising events that will occur just prior to His second coming. But then He says, “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws near.”
The word for “Look up,” means to be elated; to be excited. With all the negativity coming from the world and from many pulpits in response to the condition of the world, we can become weary and feel our heads dropping lower than the underbelly of an ant hill. However, Jesus says – and I paraphrase – “Do your happy dance for My return is right around the corner.”
The next part of the verse, “Lift up your heads,” means to hoist up as you would a sail. When we see all the nastiness happening we are to not only get excited but we are to hoist our heads high into the air looking for the soon return of our Lord Jesus.
The Word tells us to be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let our requests be made known to God. This includes End Time prophecy. Now get a hold of the next part. “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:6-7.)
When we get excited about our Redemption drawing nigh, we will hoist our heads up high looking for His soon return. With our heads up and our noses high, people will begin to ask questions. What a great opportunity for spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ. Furthermore, we can tell them where our incredible peace comes from and how they too may obtain it. Think about it…you just might get happy. Be blessed.
“He which testifieth these things saith, “Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come. Lord Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all Amen.” To that I write, “Come Lord Jesus, come.” (Revelation 22:20-21 KJV)