Discourse on Future

Matthew 24:1-51, 25:1-46, Mark 13:1-37, Luke 21:5-36

Mark 13:10 - I can remember lessons about "once we reach all the nations ..." then Jesus can come back. I'm not so sure about latching on to one verse and making doctrine about it.

Matthew 24:12 - This one little verse has much to say to us. I think that there is much 'wickedness' in our lives. Not in the sense that we normally think of wickedness, but in selfishness and laziness. We are so wrapped up in ourselves that our love for others grows cold. We are too busy with our own lives, our own hobbies, our own work and activities that we don't have time to spend with others. Even the time we do spend is typically shallow, we don't talk openly, frankly and pointedly about our lives.

Mark 13:12-13 - This verse (and others like it) was often used in the ICOC to dismiss our critics. We should have paid more attention to them and perhaps we could have learned from them. However, the message of Jesus divides. On some level we should expect conflict and criticism. We should pay attention to what they're saying, but not spend our lives trying to appease them.

Matthew 25:14-30 - There is an expectation of performance in God's kingdom. We are saved by grace, but that doesn't mean there is not an expectation.

Matthew 25;31-46 - I love the Keith Green song (MP3 clip here) about this passage. He points out in that song that the differnce between the sheep and the goats is "what they did or did not do." Perhaps more accurately, the difference is what they did or did not see or how they did or did not care. For if they saw, surely they would have cared and if they cared, surely they would have acted.

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