What Jesus Did! 'Misleading Times' — Mark 13:5-6

Friday, September 16, 2016

Jesus said to the followers: "Be careful! Don't let any person fool you. Many people will come and use my name. They will say, 'I am the One.' And they will fool many people."
— Mark 13:5-6
Illustration of Mark 13:5-6 — Jesus said to the followers: "Be careful! Don't let any person fool you. Many people will come and use my name. They will say, 'I am the One.' And they will fool many people."

Key Thought

False messiahs will be plentiful! That's Jesus' message. Even more frightening than counterfeit messiahs, many people will be hoodwinked by them and led away from the true faith. Unfortunately Jesus' words have been profoundly true through the ages. Good people have been led astray by evil or deluded leaders. Jesus doesn't want us to focus our eyes on anyone but him. All others are false.

Today's Prayer

Righteous Father, please help me see through the deception and charisma of false religious leaders. Keep my heart reserved only for your Son as my Lord. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Jesus was leaving the temple area. One of his followers said to him, "Look, Teacher! This temple has very beautiful buildings with very big stones." Jesus said, "Are you looking at these great buildings? They will all be destroyed. Every stone will be thrown down to the ground. Not one stone will be left on another." Later, Jesus was sitting at a place on the Mount of Olives. He was alone with Peter, James, John, and Andrew. They could all see the temple. Those followers asked Jesus, "Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will show us it is time for these things to happen?" Jesus said to the followers: "Be careful! Don't let any person fool you. Many people will come and use my name. They will say, 'I am the One.' And they will fool many people. You will hear about wars that are being fought. And you will hear stories about other wars beginning. But don't be afraid. These things must happen before the end comes. Nations will fight against other nations. Kingdoms will fight against other kingdoms. There will be times when there is no food for people to eat. And there will be earthquakes in different places. These things are like the first pains when something new is born. "You must be careful. People will arrest you and take you to be judged. They will beat you in their synagogues. You will be forced to stand before kings and governors. You will tell them about me. This will happen to you because you follow me. Before these things happen, the Good News must be told to all people. You will be arrested and judged. But don't worry about what you should say. Say the things God gives you to say at that time. It will not really be you speaking. It will be the Holy Spirit speaking. "Brothers will turn against their own brothers and give them to be killed. Fathers will turn against their own children and give them to be killed. Children will fight against their own parents and find ways for their parents to be killed. All people will hate you because you follow me.But the person that continues strong until the end will be saved.

Mark 13:1-13

Related Scripture Readings

False Christs and false prophets will come and do great things and miracles. They will do these things to the people God has chosen. They will do these things to try to fool his people, if that is possible.

Mark 13:22

These people are not true apostles. They are workers who lie. And they change themselves to {make people think they are} apostles of Christ. That does not surprise us. Why? Even Satan (the devil) changes himself to {make people think he is} an angel of light. So it does not surprise us if Satan's servants make themselves look like servants who work for what is right. But in the end those people will be paid (punished) for the things they do.

2 Corinthians 11:13-15

My dear friends, many false prophets are in the world now. So don't believe every spirit. But test the spirits to see if they are from God.

1 John 4:1

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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