What I Read Today:
2 Corinthians 9; Mark 13; Ezekiel 27; Proverbs 21-22; 1 Kings 3
Could it be? We read Mark 13 in our readings today. If we try and match the events happening around us to Mark 13, it sure doesn’t look like we have a lot of time left.
We have several self-proclaimed Messiahs running around—Wars rage in the middle east and Africa. The war in Afghanistan rages into its 5th decade. China is saber-rattling all across the South China sea. Last week the Chinese essentially ended Hong Kong’s freedom.
In the United States, we have been under lockdown orders since March due to the Coronavirus. The Coronavirus has caused the country to rack up another six trillion in debt, bringing the new total to nearly thirty trillion dollars in debt.
Now we have civil unrest and violence over the killing of an unarmed black man while in police custody. Night after night, we’ve watched waves of violence and looting.
On the political front, it’s even worse. Our politics were bad before all this. Today the political divisions have reached a new low point.
It’s not the first time that people have wondered if Jesus was coming back soon. In the 1500s, when the Ottoman Turks were invading Europe, Martin Luther believed that Christ’s return was imminent. Many people thought that Hitler was the antichrist in World War II. Some saw the Soviet Union as the nation that would invade Israel during Armageddon. The Apostle Paul believed that Nero’s reign would usher in Jesus’ return.
The truth is that there have been many instances where the signs were right, but God’s timing wasn’t.
There are two key points to take away from Mark 13.
The first is that no matter what happens, Jesus’ words will never fade away. Jesus’ grace and mercy will be there for anyone willing to repent and turn to Jesus. It’s clear; some people would like to remove Jesus from the public domain. However, God will not allow that to happen. That’s why it’s more important than ever that Christians become biblically literate. There are a lot of people out their peddling God’s Word to gain power. When I see politicians using Bibles to get their points across, I get nervous. The proper use of God’s word is pure. Bring people to Christ and help Christians grow in the grace of God when a politician is quoting the Bible search for an ulterior motive.
Second, it is incumbent upon us to be ready for the day Jesus returns. That means living our lives for Christ each day.
I don’t know if Jesus is coming back soon. I hope so. The question is, what do we need to do to be ready when he does come back?