S (Scripture): Matthew 24:1 Now Jesus left the temple and was going away. His disciples came to point out to him the temple buildings. 2 He responded, “Do you see all these things? I assure that no stone will be left on another. Everything will be demolished.”
3 Now while Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately and said, “Tell us, when will these things happen? What will be the sign of your coming and the end of the age?”
4 Jesus replied, “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 Many will come in my name, saying, ‘I’m the Christ.’ They will deceive many people. 6 You will hear about wars and reports of wars. Don’t be alarmed. These things must happen, but this isn’t the end yet. 7 Nations and kingdoms will fight against each other, and there will be famines and earthquakes in all sorts of places. 8 But all these things are just the beginning of the sufferings associated with the end. 9 They will arrest you, abuse you, and they will kill you. All nations will hate you on account of my name. 10 At that time many will fall away. They will betray each other and hate each other. 11 Many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because disobedience will expand, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be delivered. 14 This gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the world as a testimony to all the nations. Then the end will come.
O (Observation): Christology. Eschatology. Discipleship.
Christology – Jesus declares his place in the cosmos. He is the anointed one, not others who will claim that title.
Eschatology – The end will come and much dismay will ensue. But in the end, Jesus will bring salvation and hope to those who remain faithful. This Gospel will be proclaimed and will be a sign of hope for all the world.
Discipleship – What to do in the meantime… Remain faithful, as the Spirit has enabled you. Discipleship comes with challenges, and yet is a blessed venture.
A (Application): The end of all things may seem scary, but as Jesus reminds us, Good News will prevail. Trials and tribulations? Maybe. But we know that the Good News of the Kingdom will reign.
Having a deep challenge right now? Is the end of your world near (actually or metaphorically)? Hang tight. Lean on the hope that Jesus travels with you. You are not alone.
P (Prayer): Lord, remind us that we are in your capable hands. Amen.