What Jesus Did! 'The First Pains!' — Matthew 24:6-8

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

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.
— Matthew 24:6-8 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 24:6-8 NLT — 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.

Key Thought

Life in the end times for Jerusalem will be tumultuous. Wars, famines, earthquakes will be on the earth. But these are merely like the labor pains of a woman in childbirth. They were not to become frightened or disoriented. The Lord who reigns, the Lord who will conquer, is still in control and things will happen at his command. Nothing will be left to chance. Nothing will happen at the Evil One's demand. While these events anticipate the downfall of Jerusalem, they are only the beginning of the end of the old age. They were not to be afraid. The Lord who passed through death, the Lord who triumphed in crucifixion, is Lord of all. They would not go where he hasn't been before. No, they were to go about doing what they were supposed to do. They were to be alert! They were to be ready! They were to be faithful! But, is he talking merely about the fall of Jerusalem or about the end of time? It mattered to those who lived through the destruction of Jerusalem, but the point is basically the same for us whether Jesus is talking about a major disaster or The Major Disaster. We are to be faithful and ready and unafraid. He will not forget, abandon, or leave us. When he comes in Glory, we will share in it too! We are to be faithful, ready, and unafraid!

Today's Prayer

O Lord, Master and God of all time, and the One and Only God who dwells above time, give me a sense of hope, a heart of patience, and an eye of expectancy as I await your deliverance, whether it is from the problems that press around me now or whether it is the ultimate deliverance of your return! Marantha! O Lord come in Glory. In the powerful name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:1-5
  • Jeremiah 7:1-11
  • Hebrews 10:35-39

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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.

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