MUSINGS – November 24, 2018


Mark 13:3b-4
Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him (Jesus) privately, “Tell us, when will this happen? What will be the sign when all this will come to an end?”

Mark 13:11-13
When they take you away to hand you over to the authorities, don’t worry ahead of time about what you will say. Instead, say whatever is given to you to say when the time comes. Indeed, you are not the one who will be speaking, but the Holy Spirit will. “Brother will hand over brother to death; a father will hand over his child. Children will rebel against their parents and kill them. Everyone will hate you because you are committed to me. But the person who endures to the end will be saved.

Some of what Jesus foresees sounds like the nightly news. And yet it isn’t new news. These horrible things have gone on since Cane killed Able. Christ’s followers have been persecuted since he called the twelve apostles to follow him. In some parts of our world people are literally dieing for processing their faith. In America the mistreatment of Christians is more subtle but our rights to express our Christian beliefs are slowly eroding. The good news is But the person who endures to the end will be saved.

The apostle Paul wrote to the
Put on all the armor that God supplies. In this way you can take a stand against the devil’s strategies. This is not a wrestling match against a human opponent. We are wrestling with rulers, authorities, the powers who govern this world of darkness, and spiritual forces that control evil in the heavenly world. For this reason, take up all the armor that God supplies. Then you will be able to take a stand during these evil days. Once you have overcome all obstacles, you will be able to stand your ground. (Ephesians 6:11-13) as a matter of fact, read all of chapter 6 as a lesson in how to ensure until the end.

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