Accompanying John MacArthur sermon: The Grim Reality of the Last Days
Jesus predicted so much in this passage. He predicted the destruction of the temple, which came to pass in 70AD. He predicted increasing deception, escalating disasters, the distress and increase of persecution, and the spread of the gospel to the ends of the earth. He was correct, and continues to be correct on all of it. Thankfully, He promises His presence and comfort in the midst of these incredibly hard times - to which the martyrs of the past and present testify.
I find the last verse to be incredibly interesting. One thing all this persecution and suffering will do is to weed out the superficial and false Christians. Only true Christians will endure to the end.
we don’t earn our salvation by enduring, we don’t keep our salvation by gritting our teeth and enduring. We demonstrate our salvation by enduring. We have a salvation that’s a gift of grace. It’s authenticated in the midst of suffering.
James, “Count it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials knowing the testing of your faith produces endurance.” True faith is strengthened to endure.
Tomorrow's scripture focus: Mark 13:14-23