Well tomorrow got here. Even if it’s a bit late in the morrow, it got here. And I will not claim wisdom, not even insight; nonetheless I did come to an understanding.
Richard Swanson [i] drags our attention beyond the appointed reading all the way to verse 28: Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” Then he point us back to the beginning when Jesus is presented in the Temple and the prophetess Anna see Jesus and after years of silent fasting and prayer she begins … to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. (Luke 2:36 ff)
It seems that it has always been about redemption. Swanson believes it is still about redemption. And for Christians redemption is Jesus’ resurrection that we await, trusting, without fear.
[i] Richard Swanson Commentary on Luke 21:5-19, Workingpreacher.org http://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=1853,