What Jesus Did! 'When?' — Mark 13:3-4

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

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?"
— Mark 13:3-4 NLT
Illustration of Mark 13:3-4 NLT — "Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will show us it is time for these things to happen?"

Key Thought

We like the "Why?" and "When?" questions, don't we? We want to either be 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 to just 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 they are challenged to believe it is so. What 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


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.

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