Mark 13:1-27

A passage about “Signs of the End of the Age” could be seen as scary. Or depressing. But what stood out to me this time were these phrases: “do not be alarmed,” (vs. 7) “do not worry,” (vs.11) and “he who stands firms to the end will be saved.” (vs. 13) Jesus is not only warning us; He is also encouraging us. As He says elsewhere, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)  Jesus never denied the reality of suffering. He never promised that life would be easy. But He promised that we are not alone. He is with us and He has overcome the world.

Later on Jesus gives us this warning: “For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. So be on your guard; I have told you everything ahead of time.” (vs. 22-23) We live in a world where many claim the name of Christ but live according to their own whims. Religious leaders, calling themselves Christians, teach things that blatantly contradict the clear teachings of Jesus. Unfortunately those outside the Church equate that with true Christianity and are turned away from faith. Perhaps more unfortunately, true believers can be lead astray.

It’s so important to keep our eyes on Jesus. It’s so important to know His Word and keep our relationship to Him strong. Let’s not be overcome. Let’s stay close to the one who has already overcome the world.

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