Today’s Reading: Mark 13
Key Verse: Mark 13:35-37
Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming — in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning — lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!
The destruction of the Temple happened in 70 A.D. We are still living in the times predicted by the greatest Prophet, Jesus Christ. The fig tree, the symbol of Israel as a country, has been given new life. Never before in human history has an ancient nation been reborn with their own territory, and never before has a dead language, Hebrew, been fully restored. What is the core message of today’s reading? Jesus Is Coming Again Soon! Most people live their lives oblivious to this fact. Over 500 references to His coming in power and glory are in the Bible. If we lived in the continuous awareness of His coming, how different our lives would be!
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, I praise You for the truth of Your soon return. Please give me the alertness to be constantly watching for Your coming. May my life, my witness for You, my finances, and my deeds be pleasing in Your sight, so that I will not be ashamed at the moment of Your return. I pray this in Your Name, Jesus. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I heard a preacher say, “Who will be taken up with Jesus when He comes? Those who are taken up with Him now.” My wife, Norma-Jean, tries to make sure that I don’t get distracted by the daily pressures of life, forgetting that Jesus could return at any second. I think she averages at least once a day saying, “David, Jesus is coming soon.” It’s her way of keeping me on the “straight and narrow,” I think. I turn and remind her of the same. I’m looking out the window to the east as I type this. The stars that I saw earlier have disappeared, and our star, the sun, has cast a pre-dawn light across the sky. I’m deeply moved to think that Jesus could come today. One of my main intentions in doing this is to help keep all who join me from sleeping spiritually. It’s time to “rise and shine!”
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