Wars and rumors of wars…earthquakes and famines…pestilence and disease…worst disasters ever! Looking at current events certainly causes a bit of anxiety as to what the future holds, especially for our children and grandchildren.
Jesus’ teaching in Mark 13 (parallel accounts in Matthew 24 and Luke 21) speak to these issues. They certainly made an indelible impression on His disciples. What touched off the discussion was the disciples’ comments about the solidity, strength, and magnificence of the Temple buildings. Jesus was not impressed, telling them they were only temporary structures and would someday be torn down with not one stone left standing on another.
The disciples, thinking such destruction could occur only at the end of the world, asked the Lord when it was going to happen. Jesus replied it will happen when there are wars and rumors of wars, pestilence and disease, famine and earthquakes, persecution and trial, when family turns against family, and when deceit and deception are common place.
Those conditions characterize any and every age – the “time” is always at hand. Jesus concludes His teaching with these provoking words: “Watch therefore, for you do not know when the Master of the house is coming – in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning – lest, coming suddenly, He find you sleeping. And what I say to you, I say to all – Watch!”