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Bible Passage Mark 13:1-13
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2021 & book Mark.

Is This The End?

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached October 29, 2021
SCRIPTURE 📖
1 As Jesus was leaving the Temple, one of his disciples told him, “Look, Teacher, what large stones and what beautiful buildings!”
2 “Do you see these large buildings?” Jesus responded. “Not one stone here will be left on another that will not be torn down.”
3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives facing the Temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew were asking him privately,
4 “Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign when these things will be put into effect?”
5 Jesus began to say to them, “See to it that no one deceives you.
6 Many will come in my name and say, ‘I AM,’ and they will deceive many people.
7 But when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, stop being alarmed. These things must take place, but the end hasn’t come yet,
8 because nation will rise up in arms against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes and famines in various places. These things are only the beginning of the birth pains.”
9 “As for yourselves, be on your guard! People will hand you over to local councils, and you will be beaten in their synagogues. You will stand before governors and kings to testify to them because of me.
10 But first, the gospel must be proclaimed to all nations.
11 When they take you away and hand you over for trial, don’t worry ahead of time about what you will say. Instead, say whatever is given to you at that time, because it won’t be you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.
12 Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death.
13 You will be hated continuously by everyone because of my name. But the person who endures to the end will be saved.”
BACKGROUND ✝
King Herod began to build the large and beautiful temple about 50 years before. He chose marble, which is white rock, and used a lot of gold for the design.
There were yards, rooms, and other buildings around the temple. These were all big and beautiful. The temple was at the top of a hill.
But Jesus said that those buildings would not always be there.
when Jesus spoke of the destruction of the temple, His disciples immediately connected this with the return of the Messiah and the end of the age. They asked Him what significant events would occur before these final great events.
In reply, Jesus told them that the destruction of Jerusalem and its temple was not necessarily connected with the return of the Messiah or the end of the age.
Jesus was right. But was Jesus even ever wrong? Forty (40) years later, the enemies of the Jews destroyed all those buildings. Even the best things in this world will have an end.
Jesus began to describe the troubles that will happen before His return. There will be wars. People will be famine and a lot of false teachers will also appear and sway some people away.
These things have to happen before Jesus’ return. They are the beginning of the troubles. Even worse things will happen before Jesus’ return. They were not to think that all wars, famines, earthquakes, or plagues were sure signs that the end was near.
There will be many troubles for Christians. Theirs is the new world when Jesus returns. So they should not be surprised if people in this world do not like them. Some people will be very cruel to the truth. Christians. They will take the Christians to the courts. Many will be persecuted and killed for their faith.
But Jesus said that Christians should not be afraid. God will be with them. His Holy Spirit will give them the words to speak to the judges when dragged to the courts. And Christians have an important message for everyone. They must tell God’s good news in every country.
In the end, God will save His people. Enemies may kill their bodies. But they will always live in heaven. There, they will be safe and nobody will hurt them then.
LESSONS ✍🏽
🔷 Even the very best things in the world will have an end
🔷 Beware of false teachers who are interested only in their own fame and wealth
🔷 Even if the persecution of Christians results in their death, God will preserve them for His heavenly kingdom
🔷 Depend on the Spirit of God when people wrongly accuse you and drag you to the courts
PRAYER POINTS 🙏🏽
💥 Ask for wisdom to know about God and His word
💥Pray that God will guide you among your enemies
CONCLUSION 📙
The troubles from family, colleagues, other so-called Christians should not discourage you. Continue in your good work even if you are persecuted and tried. The unfailing God will guide you and celebrate you. Take heart, endure, and be encouraged in the Lord. Nothing in this world lasts forever. Only God and His Word do.
AMEN

In series Bright Morning Reflections