This post is part of a series that will take us up to the Easter holiday that celebrates the Resurrection of our Lord.
Mark 13:14–23 (ESV) – 14 “But when you see the abomination of desolation standing where he ought not to be (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 15 Let the one who is on the housetop not go down, nor enter his house, to take anything out, 16 and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak. 17 And alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! 18 Pray that it may not happen in winter. 19 For in those days there will be such tribulation as has not been from the beginning of the creation that God created until now, and never will be. 20 And if the Lord had not cut short the days, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, whom he chose, he shortened the days. 21 And then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it. 22 For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect. 23 But be on guard; I have told you all things beforehand.
As Jesus taught his disciples about the end of the age, he described a time of great tribulation. It will be a time when the temple of God will be desecrated and the people of God will face severe persecution. It will be a time unlike any other in history. People will be looking for Christ. Many will be making false claims about his return, while false christs and false prophets will be leading the people astray.
The people of God must hold fast to what we have been taught in God’s word. We know that our hope lies in the Lord and his grace. It is because of what Christ has done for us that we have hope, regardless of what happens in this world. We also know that Jesus Christ will come again to gather his people, administer justice, and remove the consequences of sin from this world one and for all.
Lord, thank you for your grace towards us and for the salvation that you give freely to all who trust in you. Help us to face the challenges of each and every day with assurance of your grace and the knowledge that our Savior will return for us at just the right time. Amen.
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