It is interesting to me, that as Luke describes the coming of Christ in Luke 21, he mentions that those days will be very emotional times. As we draw closer to the coming of the Lord, there are three emotions that will predominate in the world.
In these verses, we see first of all Distress (v. 25). This word describes a state of mind associated with acute anxiety. It could be described as a constricting distress (as when a two lane road narrows to a one lane when crossing a bridge) - It could also be described as a compressing (squeezing / suffocating) tightness.
Next we see, that as we draw closer to the coming of the Lord, people will experience greater perplexity (v. 25). This word means doubt or uncertainty. So, in the midst of the serious anxiety and anguish of heart mentioned above we have great doubts and uncertainty. Men will generally be at a loss as to what to do.
The third emotion mentioned in this passage is fear (v. 26). This fear is a state
of severe distress, which could be described as terror. This fear is present whether the threat is real or just perceived.
So then, what I want you to see is that this fear, anxiety, doubt, terror, and heart failing occurs in greater measure at the end of the age....and we are getting perilously and gloriously close to these days! How are God’s children to deal with all of this? Jesus Christ teaches us that when we see these things come to pass (as mentioned in Luke 21), we are to take heart! Really?
28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
According to this verse, we are to
The word means to stand straight and tall - to get up from a slouching / sitting position. This action, which Jesus encourages, is a sign of hope, confidence, and strength.
In Luke 13:11 we see a woman that was bowed over physically and Jesus straightened her up. We have a great number of people spiritually that are bowed over. Christ says to “Look Up!” Stand straight and tall in these days.
Next, we are to
(”Lift up your heads”).
It means to lift up the head from a hanging down position…This action represents courage in the face of danger, encouragement in the face of discouragement, animation (life, activity, and energy) in the face of apathy.