To worry…or not to worry….

Later, Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives. His disciples came to him privately and said, “Tell us, when will all this happen? What sign will signal your return at the end of the world?”

Jesus told them, “Don’t let anyone deceive you, for many will come in my name, claiming ‘I am the Messiah’. They will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately. Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world. But all this, is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come.   MATTHEW 24:4-8

The disciples asked Jesus for a sign of his coming and of the end of the age. Jesus’ first response was: ‘Don’t let anyone deceive you.’ The fact is, whenever we look for signs, we become very susceptible to being deceived. There are many ‘false prophets’ (24:11, 24) around with counterfeit signs of spiritual power and authority. The only sure way to keep from being deceived is to focus on Christ and His words. Don’t look for special signs, and don’t spend time looking at other people. Look at Christ. STUDY NOTE: MATTHEW 24:4

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