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Mark 13:1-8 – Pangs of Life
by Gary Sims
11/12/03
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The Gospels
Mark 13:1-8 – Pangs of Life

Key Verses:(NRSV)

  • 1: “As He came out of the temple, one of His disciples said to Him, ‘Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings.’” – The temple was one of the greatest wonders of the ancient world. The disciple looked at this great building with huge blocks as a symbol of strength for the Jewish people.

  • 2: “Then Jesus asked him, ‘Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.’” – Forty years later the Temple was destroyed, burned, and dismantled by the Roman army. Only one supporting wall remained standing.

  • 4: “Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign that all these things are about to be accomplished?” – The disciples thought that the destruction of the temple might be a sign that the end times had arrived. They were asking Jesus for a little insight and forewarning so they would be prepared.

  • 5: “Beware that no one leads you astray.” – Jesus is teaching that we must keep our focus on Him. Things will occur and people will come and go but His Truth remains unchanged.

  • 7: “When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed; this must take place, but the end is still to come.” – Events of mankind will come and go. War, destruction, and strife are a result of humanity’s inability to co-exist. When the end arrives and how it is to come is not for us to speculate.

  • 8: “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. This is but the beginning of the birthpangs.” – All types of destruction will take place but there is so much more. All we face is the beginning. The end is not for us to see.
Points to Contemplate:
Promises of the Gospel:

Jesus is teaching the disciples that we all face difficult times in our lives. He says that in the midst of war, famine, earthquake, when our world seems to be coming to an end, we have a responsibility, as a mother giving birth, to see things through. Our faith cannot be placed on our own accomplishments and achievements. These things will pass with time. We also cannot become overly concerned about the future, looking for signs of the end of time and the Second Coming of Christ. Instead, our focus has to be on His first arrival and the Good News that He gave up His life so that we could live. He did not do this so we could live in fear and worry. His sacrifice gives us the ability to persevere through anything we face in life and empowers us to spread this news throughout the world.

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