Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Mark 13:1-8: The beginning of birth pains
As Jesus was leaving the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!” 2 “Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus. “Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.” 3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John and Andrew asked him privately, 4 “Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are all about to be fulfilled?” 5 Jesus said to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 6 Many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and will deceive many. 7 When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 8 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.
A Few Questions to Consider
What prompted Jesus to begin to talk about the end?
Why does Jesus respond the way he does to his disciples admiring the temple?
What reasons does Jesus give for sharing about the end times?
Look closely. How does Jesus's description of the end times differ from many of those that teach about the end today?
What else do you notice? Feel free to share in the comment section!