The One Who Endures to The End
There will be times when we stand accused, as Jesus was, accused as the disciples were. And these times are for us to be “a witness to them”. People often quote Mark 13:10 (LEB) And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all the nations. And I have often thought of the books written, and the radio programs, and television shows and though the gospel has been preached. Here though, Jesus describes the gospel being spoken face to face. No one who refuses Christ will have an excuse that they didn’t hear.
I Have Told You Everything Ahead of Time
Jesus is warning about the end times and many have said this was already fulfilled. However, this is telling of a future event. Because he says Mark 13:19 (LEB) For in those days there will be tribulation of such a kind as has not happened from the beginning of the creation that God created until now, and never will happen. And, this would be in the time Mark 13:24 says is “after that tribulation”.
God does show us things to come. And as we look at the Old Testament prophets, we see that they received what they needed, and what they asked to know. And, as we walk through these years of ministry with Jesus, we see him having moments of foreknowledge as events are unfolding before him. This is the way the Spirit moves, to show us what we need, and what we ask to know. These gifts are given to and for the body of Christ, for us all to benefit from as it says in 1 Corinthians 12:4-11.
So, when we find these warnings, it is good for us to read and seek to understand them. Not just here, but also in Revelation 4:1 (LEB) After these things I looked, and behold, an open door in heaven, and the former voice that I had heard like a trumpet speaking with me was saying, “Come up here and I will show you the things which must take place after these things.”
He Will Gather The Elect Together
Arnold T. Olson has written, “They may have differed as to a pre-tribulation or post-tribulation rapture—the pre- or post- or non-millennial coming. They may have been divided as to a literal rebirth of Israel. However, all are agreed that the final solution to the problems of this world is in the hands of the King of kings who will someday make the kingdoms of this world his very own”. 1
We Can Know
We can know when a tree is about to bloom, when the leaves are about to come forth. And, we may watch with anticipation until, it seems in a moment, the leaves are there. This harvest will come quickly when it comes. Revelation 14:14–16 (LEB) And I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud was seated one like a son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. 15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying out with a loud voice to the one seated on the cloud, “Send out your sickle and reap, because the hour to reap has come, because the harvest of the earth is ripe!” 16 And the one seated on the cloud swung his sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped.
Be On The Alert
As Mark 13:35 says, “the master of the house is coming” and everyday we are to live with the knowledge that he is coming. For someone, today is the day of salvation.
Lest There Be An Uproar
There are those that are concerned about public opinion so they plot and plan their schemes by stealth. Have you known people like this who are guarded, bitter, angry, just the opposite of Psalm 32:2 (LEB) 2 Happy is a person to whom Yahweh does not impute iniquity and in whose spirit there is not deceit.
She Has Anointed My Body For Burial
It is good to honor life. This laying down of our physical body is not a little thing. We resist it. we naturally value the life God has given us. We look forward to the day when Revelation 20:14 (LEB) And Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death—the lake of fire.
One of The Twelve
When Judas went to betray Jesus, there were those, the chief priests, delighted. How could these, holding position of service to God, be engaged in a scheme to kill Jesus. It is clear that they had no reverence for God or the things of God.
Where is The Guest Room?
On the day of, they would eat the the Passover that night, some today would be in a panic because this wasn’t arrange a month in advance. Jesus always had what he needed when he needed it. He prayed, He gave thanks, He set things in order, and what He needed was there.
As they sat at the meal, Jesus said, One will betray me. Jesus knew what Judas was planning but he didn’t shun him or treat him any differently than the other disciples. Can we do this and love our enemies as he said in Luke 6:27 (LEB) “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,”?
This is My Blood of The Covenant
Just as he did when feeding the five thousand, and as he did when feeding the four thousand, he took the bread and gave thanks, and broke it giving it to his disciples. It is more than enough.
You Will Fall Away
He knew they could not stand with him through his trial, even though they did not recognize their own weakness. Then, he told them, Mark 14:28 (LEB) But after I am raised, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”
Sit Here While I Pray – Watch And Pray
Jesus asked them to stay awake with him as he prayed, but they could not. There are times when someone needs us to be there for them, and we are not. There are times when we need to be praying, interceding, and we are not. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.
And, there are times, when it is God’s will for us to go through, even the worst thing we can think of, giving up our life. But God is always with us, and even at the last moment, Judas had a choice. Jesus said, “the one who is betraying me is approaching”. he didn’t say, the one who has betrayed me because until that moment, Judas might have made a different choice.
- Mark 13:28–31
- Mark 14:22–26
- Mark 14:32–42
- Mark 13:9-37
- Mark 14:1-42
- 1. Boice, J. M. (1986). Foundations of the Christian faith: a comprehensive & readable theology (p. 705). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.