The Beginning of the End

Remade bulletin cover

We continued our series “Remade” this weekend at Eastbrook Church with a look at Jesus’ teaching in Mark 13. “Remade” is the third part of our Gospel of Mark series (see also “The Real Jesus” and “King Coming“).

My message, entitled “The Beginning of the End,” traversed a complicated text. At the beginning of Mark 13, Jesus tells His disciples that the Jerusalem Temple will be destroyed: “Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down” (Mark 13:2). He then offers an extended teaching in response to the questions from Peter, John, James and Andrew: ““Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are all about to be fulfilled?” (13:4). Jesus’ teaching includes both prophetic statements about the physical destruction of the Jerusalem Temple, as well as words about the end of human history.

You can listen to my message at the Eastbrook web-site here. You can also follow the RSS feed for Eastbrook sermons or follower Eastbrook Church on Twitter or Facebook.

The outline for the message is included below:

“Birth Pains”: The Beginnings that Are Not the End (Mark 13:1-13)

  • Do not be deceived
  • Expectation of suffering
  • The Gospel expansion and suffering

“The Abomination”: A Sign that Tells You Something is Coming (Mark 13:14-24)

  • ‘The abomination that causes desolation’
  • Signs of the past that point to signs of the future (Daniel 11:31)
  • Intense suffering and the First Jewish War (66-73)

“Those Days”: A Sign that Tells You Something Has Happened (Mark 13:25-31)

“That Day”: A Sign to Look For (Mark 13:32-37)

  • A future hope
  • A call to attentive waiting
  • A call to endurance to the end


2 thoughts on “The Beginning of the End

  1. A very plausible interpretation of Mk 13: relating the Abomination of Desolation to the events of 70 AD and the advent of the SoM to the resurrected Christ, leaving the 2nd coming undetermined. Liked the prophetic application to future hope and warning against complacency. However, the charge that convicted Jesus was his acknowlegment of Divine Sonship (Mk 14:57-63). Prophecies against the Temple were considered heresy, as Jeremiah learned (26:11). But Jesus prophesied that he would rebuild it, leading to confusion at his trial.

    • Thanks for the response, Bruce. This is a very tricky passage.

      What I was trying to draw attention to in Jesus’ trial was that His comment against the Temple were the only statements given by witnesses that stuck to Him. Clearly, as you mention, the final exchange between Jesus and His accusers around His identity as the Son of God/Man is what really set them off.

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