You know, I’ve always taken that first commandment Christ gives very, very seriously. “Do not allow yourselves to be deceived.” It is a strong warning, with the attachment that there will be those who give false teachings. We are to be aware of false teachings and avoid them.
There is another stark warning: “Be CAREFUL that you are not weighed down with carousing, (look up that definition), drunkenness and the anxieties of life!” Folks, if we are taken over by the things we see happening, we are allowing ourselves to be concerned for things that do not matter. We have enough promises that God takes care of His people. Refuse to be afraid, then. Refuse it. Trust that Christ has told you the truth, and live in that truth. I’m serious.
In this section Jesus is speaking to the disciples about something that troubles many to this day; it all began innocently enough when they were noticing the amazing beauty of the Temple:
Some of his disciples were remarking about how the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and with gifts dedicated to God. But Jesus said, “As for what you see here, the time will come when not one stone will be left on another; every one of them will be thrown down.” (21:5-6)
In the verses that follow, Jesus tells them that the Temple and the entire city of Jerusalem will soon be utterly destroyed. The context of the passage is easy enough to see in the two verses above, yet this is a controversy in certain quarters today. You can view this however you like; I’m not going to argue about it. For…
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