Mark Has Some Good News, Part 58, Warning Of Love
Signs of the Close of the Age
3 And as he sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, 4 "Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when all these things are about to be accomplished?" 5 And Jesus began to say to them, "See that no one leads you astray. 6 Many will come in my name, saying, 'I am he!' and they will lead many astray. 7 And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. This must take place, but the end is not yet. 8 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains.
9 "But be on your guard. For they will deliver you over to councils, and you will be beaten in synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them. 10 And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations. 11 And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. 12 And brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death. 13 And you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
It must have been a terrible burden for Christ. To have the knowledge of eternity and yet life as a man. To know firsthand foot and body the sufferings that his church would endure to proclaim his name. He knew of his impending death, as well as those of all his closest friends. He knew that they would nail Peter to a cross upside down. That John would be boiled alive and survive, that Steven would be stoned. And that missionaries in his name would be killed for centuries.
But he was open about it. When asked he spoke clearly, detailed and thorough. He tells us what's going to happen.
This is the kind of blessed sovereignty that makes our faith great. That Jesus would share with us some of his insight into eternity. That we would have the gift in our teens of knowing what might very well be our children's future and however painful that can be. We cannot avoid the loving and all powerful king that stands behind these events.
Jesus shows us here the nature of his love that he not only wants us to endure for him but that he wants us to be aware as well.
We are welcomed
We are warned
We are loved