“This will be your opportunity to bear witness” (v13). Jesus warned his followers that hard days were coming; many would live to see Jerusalem’s Temple destroyed just a few decades later, in 70 AD. Yet Jesus was also speaking about the chaos and persecution that would precede his own return (v27). Rather than worry, his command to his disciples was to “bear witness,” to keep sharing the good news about Jesus and living by the Spirit’s power. “By your endurance you will gain your lives” (v19).
“Your redemption is drawing near” (v28). Nothing can separate us from the saving love of Jesus, past, present, and future.