What Jesus Did! 'When?' — Mark 13:2-4

Sunday, September 15, 2024

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Jesus replied, "Yes, look at these great buildings. But they will be completely demolished. Not one stone will be left on top of another!"

Later, Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives across the valley from the Temple. Peter, James, John, and Andrew came to him privately and asked him, "Tell us, when will all this happen? What sign will show us that these things are about to be fulfilled?"

— Mark 13:2-4 NLT

Key Thought

We like the "Why?" and "When?" questions, don't we? We want to be either in control or in the know. So naturally the closest followers of Jesus want to know when this great disaster is going to take place. It is not easy just to take the words of anyone, even the Lord of the universe, at face value as a promise that can be trusted. Yet, Jesus says it, and the disciples are challenged to believe it is so. What biblical promises (including those with dire consequences) do you have trouble trusting to be true? Why not share that doubt, that concern, or that worry with the Lord?

Today's Prayer

O Lord God Almighty, I trust you in so many areas of my life. Yet I confess that there are other things that are difficult for me to release fully to you and take you at your word. Please bless me as I seek to increase my faith and my trust in your promises even when I don't have answers to my "Why?" and "When?" questions. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Psalm 6:3
  • Psalm 13:1-6
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3


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Illustration of Mark 13:2-4 NLT — "Yes, look at these great buildings. But they will be completely demolished. Not one stone will be left on top of another!"

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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