Josh walks us through the mysterious passage in Mark 13 regarding the "abomination of desolation." The disciples were enamored with the grandeur of the temple and fearful of the persecution Jesus predicted for them. They understood that the size of the temple mattered and that life needed to be safe. Many of us are no different. However, we don't need to miss being present in everything Jesus is doing -- looking for things He's not asking us to look for. We have to learn to be thankful for the difficulties that shape us. Jesus' words to the disciples remain true for us: there will be challenges, and (1) don't be led astray; (2) the Gospel will go all over the world; and (3) you will have the Holy Spirit to give you the words and wisdom you need in the tough times. Mark 13:1-23' Luke 21:12-17; John 16:33; Jeremiah 1:9; Acts 6:10; Acts 17:24; 1 Corinthians 6:19.
April 8, 2018