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“What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’” (Mark 13:37)
When Jesus spoke to His disciples He made it clear that only God knows the day of Jesus’ return and the end of the age. “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” (Mark 13:32)
Yet, at the same time Jesus warned them not to be caught unaware. “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that it is near, right at the door.” (Mark 13:28-29)
Listen to Jesus’ instructions:
· Watch out that no one deceives you (13:5)
· Do not be alarmed (13:6)
· You must be on your guard (13:9)
· Do not worry beforehand about what to say (13:11)
· If anyone says, “Look, here is the Christ!” do not believe it (13:21)
· Be on guard! Be alert! (13:33)
· Therefore keep watch (13:35)
· Watch! (13:37)
No one knows when Christ will return. Yet, we must not be oblivious to the signs we see in the world around us. How then shall we live?
Do not be deceived.
People will deny Jesus is God. They will twist the truth. Some will claim to be the Messiah; they’ll even perform convincing miracles. But Jesus warned us ahead of time, so we must stand firm on the truth of God’s Word.
Do not worry.
A thousand worst-case scenarios may run through our minds, but Jesus tells us not to be alarmed. He reminds us that the Holy Spirit lives in us, to guide us and speak for us.
Be on guard. Be alert. Watch.
Rather than becoming complacent or allowing temporary things to distract us, we need to focus our attention on seeking and serving God, continually watching for Christ’s return.
Heavenly Father, Guard me so that I won’t be deceived or alarmed. Help me to trust completely in You and watch for Christ’s return. Amen
Questions: What does it mean to watch for Christ’s return? How do you guard yourself against deception?