Jesus didn’t know the exact day and time of the end of the world but He gave us a huge clue on living when He described what it would look like! Also in telling us what it would look like He showed that He knew more about men than anyone else!
“When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 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.” – Mark 13:7-8
Jesus didn’t speak a whole lot about the big finally but when He did He spoke volumes! He was a keen observer of mankind which He got from His Father’s side I am sure!
In this short passage in Mark 13 throughout the chapter Jesus tells us of different signs and terrible things that will happen – and after each one He says, chill out, “don’t worry”, “be not afraid!”
Here is a big secret to Grace – Full living – the reason you have nothing to fear is that the cross took away all the law which gave you something to fear and in its place you have Perfect Love which is what Christ had on the cross – “and Perfect Love drives out fear!” This IS LIFE – No fear – just perfect Love! If that’s not what you are experiencing from your religion – I invite you to the table of Grace!
So many Christians want to make a big deal out of the last days and the end times and in so doing – they miss today and opportunities to Love like Christ first Loved them! STOP the worry and get with the Love one another part! The world needs you!
And what in this passage did Jesus say would mark the end times or be the cause of it:
- Man’s greed – Nation against nation, wars and rumors of wars! Death by self-destruction due to pollution and worship of the “god of more” – All this boils down to man’s desperate attempt to be better, bigger and stronger – kind of like the Tower of Babel.
- Man’s control issues – the loss of freedoms that we now enjoy, turned over and beaten, a Whole lot of false mini-messiahs! All this like man’s greed is the failure of man to be willing to look up and say, “You Alone are God!” I see this in religion all the time!
At the end of it all though, if a person rest in His Faith (“stands firm”) its All going to be More than OK! I know Who wins this thing and I call Him Daddy! So chill out, Faith up and Forgive like there was no yesterday and Love like there is no tomorrow! Yes that’s right – BE, HERE, NOW is still the only track playing by the Heavenly chorus – get over it and get on board!