Texts: Malachi 4:1-2; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13; Luke 21:5-19
Only, as they waited, they were also stoking people’s fears and anxieties. Perhaps they were standing on street corners holding signs reading things like “Repent! The End is Near!” or maybe they were making snide remarks about who they expected to get their comeuppance when Jesus showed up. Whatever they were doing, it wasn’t out of malice or an intent to cause trouble: they genuinely believed that the end had come and there was no use in going about business as usual.