Practical Proverbial, from Mark, 7 January 2016

At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it. For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.  So be on your guard; I have told you everything ahead of time. Mark 13, verses 21-23.

Just a little over a month ago, we talked about the concept in these verses, about false Christs.   See verses 5 and 6 as well as Luke 9, Matthew 24, Acts 1, 1st and 2nd Thessalonians, Titus 2 and all over Revelation. Let’s not tread on covered ground.

Instead, consider these words:   “I have told you everything ahead of time.”

Jesus has informed us. In saying “I have told you everything ahead of time,” Jesus has been the news anchor.   He has been imparting to us information that we need to know in order to make informed decisions.   What an amazing concept that is!   Two thousand years ago, God personally came here to tell us, His creation, things that He knew we needed to know.   “Everything” means just that:   ‘I have told you all there is.’   It’s not just “you have sufficient information,” though that’s part of it.   It’s more.   It’s everything.   It’s everything that is needed, everything that’s important, all of Him. That’s some newscast.

Jesus has prepared us. Because Jesus wants all people to live with Him in eternity, He gave us the information and the tools to do our part.   He gave us all that we needed – back to that ‘everything’ thing, you know – to prepare us for both the tough end times to come as well as living past them into eternity.   The end goal isn’t something as small as surviving tough times or even death.   No, the end goal is eternity.   Jesus is a Hall of Fame batter, always keeping His eye on the ball.   To that end, He gave us all that we need to know to prepare us to assume our place on His team for eternity, forever.

Jesus has forewarned us. Yes, these are verses that warn us of how Satan will try to deceive us into believing that he is the Messiah.   Jesus told us here in Mark and in those other books all we need to know to be forewarned against false messiahs and all the trouble they’ll wreak. He gave us all we need to stand fast.   Face it: we’re gullible.   Let’s not kid ourselves:   iPhones, the internet, robotics, and all this sexy technology can sometimes be lipstick on a pig.   We aren’t any wiser or smarter than our ancestors in most matters of the heart.   And the heart is where Jesus deals.   The heart is the battleground for which Satan contends. Accordingly, Jesus warned us to be on our guard.

Most of all, consider that Jesus has confided in us.   Really, truly noodle that thought, that the Son of God, that God Immanuel, that the great I AM Himself talked with us personally, as a friend, as a brother as well as a Savior.   He trusts us. He told us things dear to His heart that He wanted us to know because He loves us.   Satan doesn’t do that; there is no love in him.   But there is only pure love in Jesus, and He wanted us to know that.   Instead of commanding us, Jesus confided in us.

That’s a lot to consider. But doing so will change everything.

Lord Jesus, I praise You!   Thank You for confiding in me and loving us!

Read Mark 13, verses 1-31.

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