05 February 2015

Mountains and lake

Jesus speaks on the end times and being ready for his return

Click here to read Matthew 24

Discussion Questions

  • Can we know when Christ will come for his Church?    
  • What state of alertness should we maintain
  • What impact should his return have on sharing the gospel and the way we live?

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Going Deeper –  from 'Words of Life'

After Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the people soon turned on him. Jesus then retreated to the Mount of Olives, speaking with his disciples about end times.

Eschatology is the prophetic interpretation of end-time events – the goal of all history. One day there will be a victorious climax to all that has happened previously. It is important to be informed about end times, no question. But rather that focusing on end times, we are to live in the present as Christ’s obedient servants.

Things are quickly changing all around us. Perhaps too much so! I recently read that many things are likely to disappear in our lifetime:

  • Post offices (email will soon take over hand-delivered letters).
  • Cheques (plastic cards and online transactions will overrule).
  • Newspapers (people reading the news online).
  • Books (e-books will dominate).
  • Landline telephones (mobile phones will be the norm).
  • Live music (people will have their iPods).
  • Television (shows and movies being streamed from computers).
  • Privacy (cameras on streets, in buildings, can find us!). 

It is almost impossible to keep up with all the technology that is rapidly transforming the world. A sign of end times? And what about all the earthquakes, typhoons, tsunamis, tornadoes? Is the end near?

We then ask ourselves: When will Christ come again? 

‘No-one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father’ (v 36). 

Are we ready to meet Jesus – when the time does come?

Beverly Ivany

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