Vs. 8, “He replied: “Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them.” The days are numbering down and Jesus is spending time in His Father’s house. In the beginning of this chapter, we see the woman with two copper coins bring an offering to the temple (vs. 1-4). God looks at the heart of the giver and is honored by such things. Then Jesus gives us some amazing insight about the End Times. The Mayan prophecies though false, do help remind us that there are biblical signs that point towards the end of the earth (at least how we know it). In Jesus’ prophecy we see both the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans some forty years later and also the End Times that are yet to come. So, it certainly can be confusing for us the reader. Be careful of false teachers claiming to the real Savior of the world. Jesus’ exhortation to be ready to defend ourselves speaks of standing up for our faith in an age where Christianity is mocked (vs. 14).
Regarding application…Keep Your Head Up. Vs. 28, “When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” Just yesterday, I exhorted one of my students with this very phrase. The anxieties of this life (vs. 34) certainly can keep us downcast. It’s a reminder that it’s normal not to feel comfortable in this world. If you walk with the Lord…Jesus tell us our family may disown you and people will hate you (vs. 16-17). Yet, do not dismay because there is the most amazing future ahead of us! That is why we read the living Word of God! It reminds us to hear His voice and keep our heads up! I’ll end with something that happened today to me. I went to work out at the local gym (funny how packed it was with all those New Years resolutions). So I got home and realized I couldn’t recall where I left my wallet. I looked everywhere for it and even drove back to the gym to search for it. My head was pretty low and I was frustrated because I had just put about $90 in cash in my wallet a couple of days ago. I got home, went to my bedroom and sat down with my head low. And lo and behold…my wallet had fallen underneath one of the furniture items in my bedroom. A big sigh of relief and a smile came on my face! Then, I turned to God’s word and He reminded me to not let life’s anxieties keep me down, Praise God!