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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

November 6 - Mark 13: Jesus Forecasts the Destruction of the Temple.

Today’s Reading: Mark 13

The Message

English Standard Version

Thought to Guide Your Reading

This is not the first time God foreshadowed the destruction of the Temple.

Summary in 100 Words or Less

His Disciples praised the Temple's structure. Jesus countered, "Soon it will be rubble.
"Many people will claim to be Me. Don't panic. People fight. Earthquakes and famines happen. These are not signs.
"The signs are when everyone is at your throat—families torn apart. The Holy Spirit will help you in court. Trust and you will not be sorry.
"Be ready to run—you will need every second. These days will be unlike any.
"No one knows when the Son will come from the stars. Be good servants and always watch. It will be so obvious, no one could doubt."

How Today’s Reading Contributes to the Gospel: God is Setting All Things Right

Jesus warned that the Temple would be destroyed.

The first time God warned that the Temple would be destroyed the Jews almost killed Jeremiah. But it happened. Once again, God will relieve His Chosen People of the Temple in His Honor. This time, however, God does not need to move back in because He came as Jesus and lived among them. He will open the doors of the Temple and welcome anyone in. God does not care for physical buildings or organizations. God wants hearts.

History is filled with wars, earthquakes, and famines.

They are not signs of Jesus' coming. Wars happen because humans are sometimes unwilling to listen to each other. Earthquakes and famines are normal occurrences which should not cause Christians to expect Jesus' return. The second-coming of Jesus will be so grand that no one could refute it. Wars, earthquakes, and famines are normal parts of life.

God would not leave the Apostles empty-handed (or empty-headed) when they went into court.

Jesus knew they would be thrown into jail because the people hated Him. God wanted to help them spread His Message that He will set all things right. So He would help them in their time of defense. God does not leave His Chosen People without a guide to help us spread His Good News.

Are you looking for a sign or watching for the Coming?

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