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Read Mark 13:1-8


Read Mark 13:1-8

13  As Jesus was leaving the Temple, one of his disciples said, “Look, Teacher! What wonderful stones and buildings!”
2 Jesus answered, “You see these great buildings? Not a single stone here will be left in its place; every one of them will be thrown down.”
(Matt 24:3–14; Luke 21:7–19)
3 Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, across from the Temple, when Peter, James, John, and Andrew came to him in private. 4“Tell us when this will be,” they said, “and tell us what will happen to show that the time has come for all these things to take place.”
5 Jesus said to them, “Be on guard, and don’t let anyone deceive you. 6Many men, claiming to speak for me, will come and say, ‘I am he!’ and they will deceive many people. 7And don’t be troubled when you hear the noise of battles close by and news of battles far away. Such things must happen, but they do not mean that the end has come. 8Countries will fight each other; kingdoms will attack one another. There will be earthquakes everywhere, and there will be famines. These things are like the first pains of childbirth.


The people who first read Mark's gospel probably read it after the destruction of the Jerusalem temple in 70AD.  The fall of the temple would have seemed like the end of the world... Life would get complicated.  Jesus reminds the disciples to be careful that no one leads them astray.


Lord, when life gets complicated I often wonder away from you.  Help me to draw closer to you when it looks like the world is falling apart.

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