Today’s Reading: Matthew 23-24
Today’s Reflection: Matthew 24:13-14
13) But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14) And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
In Matthew 24, Jesus prophesies to His disciples about the time of the end. Our time.
Jesus gives a detailed account of many of the things to come: war, international hostilities, famine, earthquakes in strange places, persecution, hatred, lawlessness, false prophets, false miracles, even false Christs.
God is always honest with us and here Jesus is telling us that things are going to get bad, then get worse, then worse still, and then keep getting worse until they are as bad as any time this world has ever faced. So bad that God has to cut the days short or no one would survive them (vs. 21-22).
But Jesus is giving us assurance as well. He tells us not to be alarmed at the events that must come to pass (vs. 6). But more importantly, Jesus tells us our part. We are to endure, proclaim the good news of Jesus and His coming kingdom, and await our salvation.
As we look at the complexity and increasing darkness in our world, it’s easy to become frightened, to get obsessed with trying to unravel every conspiracy of the enemy, or even to become complacent knowing these terrible things must come to pass. But none of these approaches will prepare us for what is to come. What Jesus instructs—endurance and proclamation of the Gospel—will keep us encouraged, vigilant, and dedicated.
The end is near. We get to decide whether this is a matter of despair or hope for us.