25“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars,
and on the earth distress among nations
confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves.
26People will faint
from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world,
for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
27Then they will see ‘the Human One coming in a cloud’
with power and great glory.
28Now when these things begin to take place,
stand up and raise your heads,
because your redemption is drawing near.”
29Then Jesus told them a parable:
“Look at the fig tree and all the trees;
30as soon as they sprout leaves
you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near.
31So also, when you see these things taking place,
you know that the reign of God is near.
32Truly I tell you,
this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place.
33Heaven and earth will pass away,
but my words will not pass away.
34“Be on guard
so that your hearts are not weighed down
with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life,
and that day catch you unexpectedly,
35like a trap.
For it will come upon all who live
on the face of the whole earth.
36Be alert at all times,
praying that you may have the strength
to escape all these things that will take place,
and to stand before the Human One.”
Queeries for the text:
What sort of signs will be in the sun and the moon and the stars?
Why are end times thought to be bad when the imagery is so positive?
What is distressing the nations today?
What is confusing us today?
What if we can't stand up or raise our heads? How is ableism affecting this text?
What sort of time is Jesus talking about if the generation that "will not pass away" has passed away?
What sort of strength will we need? What can we PrEPare for?
Where is Hope?
What are your queeries?
If you want to check out the sermon that came in part from this queery, you can find it here!