Mark 13: 1-4: Walk with Jesus.
“As Jesus was leaving the temple, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!’ 2 ‘Do you see all these great buildings?’ replied Jesus. ‘Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.’ 3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John and Andrew asked him privately, 4 ‘Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are all about to be fulfilled?’ ” NIV UK
If we are to live safely in these last days:
- We must not rely on anything – however substantial it may seem. We saw this yesterday;
- We must walk with Jesus (3,4).
Say Jesus was in London and you were His disciple. If, walking around Westminster He said to you, pointing to the Abbey, the Cathedral and the Houses of Parliament, that all these buildings would soon be destroyed, you might be tempted to think the end of the world was around the corner. ‘This is pretty catastrophic,’ you would say to yourself. After the Lord had spoken about the destruction of the temple buildings, the disciples asked: ‘’Tell us, when will these things happen?’’ According to Matthew 24:3 they also wanted to know: ‘’…and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?’’ They asked both questions because, it seems, they supposed the destruction of the temple would be concurrent with the end of the world.
‘…we can understand from this chapter that the signs that preceded the destruction of Jerusalem are similar to the signs that will precede the end of the world. In other words, the destruction of Jerusalem is a foretaste of the events that will occur at the end of the world. Therefore, even those parts of this chapter that refer to the destruction of Jerusalem can also serve as a warning to us about what will happen at the end of the world.’ Tom Hale: ‘The Applied New Testament Commentary’, p.266. It’s important to see this interweaving of the two things as you read through the chapter.
Discipleship is a real relationship with the living Jesus (3,4). He speaks to us and we speak with Him. We can ask Him questions. We may seek His wisdom (James 1:5-8). Our times in private, with Jesus, are so important for cultivation the discipleship relationship with Him. They should not be neglected.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, thank you for this gift of a personal relationship with you. Help me to cherish, nurture and value it above all things.Please enable me to consciously be with you through my moments and days, and learn from you how to be like you.