Friday Morning: 24 May 2019 – Mark 13:24-37 ~ on Jesus’ return and our readiness (end times part 2)

Friday Morning

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening (A Collect for Endurance – Friday)

Almighty God, whose beloved Son first suffered pain and crucifixion before entering into glory: Mercifully grant that we, walking in his footsteps, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.
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Morning Reading – Mark 13:24-37 (NLT)

Jesus Speaks about the Future (Continued)

“At that time, after the anguish of those days, the sun will be darkened, the moon will give no light, the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.

Then everyone will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds with great power and glory. And he will send out his angels to gather his chosen ones from all over the world—from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven.

“Now learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branches bud and its leaves begin to sprout, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see all these things taking place, you can know that his return is very near, right at the door. I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass from the scene before all these things take place. Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear.

“However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows. And since you don’t know when that time will come, be on guard! Stay alert!

“The coming of the Son of Man can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. When he left home, he gave each of his slaves instructions about the work they were to do, and he told the gatekeeper to watch for his return. You, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know when the master of the household will return—in the evening, at midnight, before dawn, or at daybreak. Don’t let him find you sleeping when he arrives without warning. I say to you what I say to everyone: Watch for him!”
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Morning Reflection:

on Jesus’ return and our readiness

Then everyone will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds with great power and glory. And he will send out his angels to gather his chosen ones from all over the world—from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven. – Mark 13:26-27

In the second half of his conversation with his disciples, Jesus describes his glorious, victorious return, and our need to be vigilant and ready.

+ on Jesus’ return –

  • preceded by great anguish; believers will experience suffering and persecution
  • preceded by cataclysmic events in the heavens, both celestial and spiritual
  • return in great power and glory to judge the heavens and the earth; the world will watch in awestruck wonder
  • believers will be in-gathered to him and he will become the universal center of attention; and then he will begin reigning

+ on our readiness –

  • the timing is in the Father’s hands; no one else knows
  • be on guard, stay alert; he could return any moment or time
  • do the work that has been entrusted to you
  • don’t slack off, keep watch for his return

Heaven and earth will disappear,
but my words will never disappear

– Mark 13:31

Questions for consideration:

  • How does Jesus’ promise to return with great power and glory affect how you live from day to day? Please explain.
  • Jesus spoke these words over two thousand years ago. Are you tired of waiting? Please explain.
  • Why do you think that so many believers are preoccupied with the timing of Jesus’ return? Please explain.
  • In the story of the slaves and master, each slave was given work to do as part of the household. Do you consider yourself God’s slave? What is your job? Are you doing it? Please explain.

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Morning Prayer:

Prayer for world leaders to fight against Christian persecution:

Sovereign Lord: All authority vested in governance comes from you and is accountable to you. Stir the hearts of every world leader to carry out their responsibilities justly and peacefully with special attention to Christians who are defenseless, in need of protection. Give them the wisdom to enact the necessary policies and procedures to make a lasting, global difference. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

My Prayer:

Lord Jesus Christ: Thank you for your promise to return with great power and glory. I look forward to the vindication and justice that will accompany your return. Count me among those whom you have chosen to gather to yourself, and keep me vigilant, prepared to welcome you any day or hour. Thank you for the work you have given me to do in your household. Help me to fulfill my responsibilities faithfully, to the best of my abilities. I ask this for your name’s sake. Amen.
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“Days of Elijah” – Robin Mark

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Closing:

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen



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