Gospel of Mark Reading Plan
Day 13 Reading: Mark 13
Pastor Lisa’s Journal
Jesus said to them: “Watch
out that no one deceives you.
-Mark 13:5 (NIV)
Christ had died,
Christ is risen,
Christ will come again.
– The Memorial Acclamation
Mark 13 is full of teaching on the time between now and the end of the age. (Christ’s second coming)
- Human philosophies and institutions pass away, but the
Word of God and the Promises of God are eternal (vs. 1-2, 31)
- Many will pretend to be Christ returning (vs. 5-6, 21-22)
- There will be much violence and persecution of Christians
before Christ’s return (vs. 7-9, 12-19)
- The persecution of Christians will help spread the Gospel
- No one will mistake the return of the true Christ. It will be
magnificent and obvious to all (vs. 24-27)
- No one but God the Father knows the hour of Christ’s
return (vs. 32-37)
- The faithful are alert and ready at all times for the
return of Christ (vs. 9, 23, 33-37)
It is interesting to note what is said and what isn’t said about Christ’s return. There are so many who want to predict the return and in doing so add layers of interpretation to what Jesus said. The message is far simpler: Christ will come again. Be steadfast against deceivers. Be always ready, because no one knows when it will happen.
Jesus, my heart is heavy. There’s so much violence and so much deception. You warn us to expect it, yet it still hurts. We weep together. Encourage your people to remain steadfast and true. Help us to stand, strong and faithful. Renew in us a determination to persevere and to represent you with integrity and truth, no matter what is going on around us. You will see us through. You are with us. Glory and honor are yours, now and forever. Amen.
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