November 10th, 2006
What is the most magnificent structure in your life? Maybe it’s a building. Maybe it’s a naturally occurring structure. Maybe it’s a virtual structure such as a company or another organisation. Maybe it’s a painting that you’ve painted or a sculpture that you’ve created or a book you’ve written. Whatever it is, the only certainty about it is that, no matter how robust the structure seems, a time is coming in the future when it will be totally destroyed, until not a single brick is left on top of another. Don’t fall in love with earthly structures, because you can’t take them with you when you go.
Mark’s Account of the Good News — Chapter 13
13:1 As he was leaving the temple, one of his disciples said, “Teacher, just look at those magnificent stones and buildings!” 13:2 Jesus answered, “You see these magnificent buildings? All will be thrown down until not a single stone is left on top of another.”
13:3 As he sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately, 13:4 “Tell us, when will these things happen? What is the sign that these things are all about to occur?” 13:5 Jesus, answered, “Be careful that no one leads you astray. 13:6 Many people will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he!’ and will lead many astray.
13:7 “Don’t be disturbed when you hear of wars and rumours of wars. They must happen, but the end is not yet. 13:8 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places. There will be famines and troubles. These things are the beginning of birth pains. 13:9 But watch yourselves, because people will hand you over to councils. You will be beaten up in synagogues. You will stand before rulers and kings for my sake, as a witness to them. 13:10 The good news must first be preached to all the nations. 13:11 When they lead you away and hand you over, don’t be anxious beforehand, or worry about what you should say. Just say whatever words God gives you at the time. It won’t be you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.
13:12 “Brother will betray brother to death, and the father his child. Children will rebel against parents, and get them killed. 13:13 You will be hated by all people for my name’s sake, but anyone who endures to the end will be saved. 13:14 When you see the ultimate sacrilege which was predicted by the prophet Daniel standing where it should not be — let the reader understand — then anyone in Judea should flee to the mountains, 13:15 and anyone on the housetop should not go down or go inside to retrieve anything out of his house. 13:16 Anyone who is in the field should not turn back to get clothes. 13:17 Woe to pregnant women and nursing mothers in those days! 13:18 Pray that your flight will not be in the winter. 13:19 It will be a time of greater suffering that there has ever been since the beginning of the world, or ever will be. 13:20 Unless the Lord had shortened the days, no one would be saved, but for the sake of the chosen ones, he has shortened those days. 13:21 If anyone tells you, ‘Here is the Christ!’ or, ‘There he is!’ don’t believe it. 13:22 There will be false christs and false prophets and they will perform great signs and wonders to lead astray even the chosen ones if possible. 13:23 Be on your guard. I have given you advance warning.
13:24 “After the suffering of those days the sun will be darkened, the moon will stop shining, 13:25 the stars will fall from the sky, and the forces of the heavens will be shaken. 13:26 Then people will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds with great power and glory. 13:27 He will send out his angels to gather together his chosen ones from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the sky.
13:28 “Learn this parable from the fig tree. When its branch becomes tender and its leaves sprout you know that the summer is near. 13:29 In the same way you will know that the time is near, knocking on the door, when you see all these things happening. 13:30 I can guarantee that this generation will not pass away until all these things happen. 13:31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. 13:32 No one except my Father knows that day and hour, not even the angels of heaven or the Son. 13:33 Watch out and keep alert because you don’t know when the time is.
13:34 “It is like a man who leaves his house to travel to another country. He puts his servants in charge, giving each one a job to do, and instructing the doorkeeper to keep watch. 13:35 So watch, because you don’t know when the owner of the house is returning, whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning; 13:36 in case he comes suddenly and finds you sleeping. 13:37 I tell you the same thing I tell everybody: Watch.”
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