Mark 13* The destruction of the temple foretold. (1-4) Christ'sprophetic declaration. (5-13) Christ's prophecy. (14-23) Hisprophetic declarations. (24-27) Watchfulness urged. (28-37)1-4 See how little Christ values outward pomp, where there isnot real purity of heart. He looks with pity upon the ruin ofprecious souls, and weeps over them, but we do not find him lookwith pity upon the ruin of a fine house. Let us then be remindedhow needful it is for us to have a more lasting abode in heaven,and to be prepared for it by the influences of the Holy Spirit,sought in the earnest use of all the means of grace. 5-13 Our Lord Jesus, in reply to the disciples' question, doesnot so much satisfy their curiosity as direct their consciences.When many are deceived, we should thereby be awakened to look toourselves. And the disciples of Christ, if it be not their ownfault, may enjoy holy security and peace of mind, when allaround is in disorder. But they must take heed that they are notdrawn away from Christ and their duty to him, by the sufferingsthey will meet with for his sake. They shall be hated of allmen: trouble enough! Yet the work they were called to should becarried on and prosper. Though they may be crushed and bornedown, the gospel cannot be. The salvation promised is more thandeliverance from evil, it is everlasting blessedness. 14-23 The Jews in rebelling against the Romans, and inpersecuting the Christians, hastened their own ruin apace. Herewe have a prediction of that ruin which came upon them withinless than forty years after this. Such destruction anddesolation, that the like cannot be found in any history.Promises of power to persevere, and cautions against fallingaway, well agree with each other. But the more we consider thesethings, the more we shall see abundant cause to flee withoutdelay for refuge to Christ, and to renounce every earthlyobject, for the salvation of our souls. 24-27 The disciples had confounded the destruction of Jerusalemand the end of the world. This mistake Christ set right, andshowed that the day of Christ's coming, and the day of judgment,shall be after that tribulation. Here he foretells the finaldissolution of the present frame and fabric of the world. Also,the visible appearance of the Lord Jesus coming in the clouds,and the gathering together of all the elect to him. 28-37 We have the application of this prophetic sermon. As tothe destruction of Jerusalem, expect it to come very shortly. Asto the end of the world, do not inquire when it will come, forof that day and that hour knoweth no man. Christ, as God, couldnot be ignorant of anything; but the Divine wisdom which dweltin our Saviour, communicated itself to his human soul accordingto the Divine pleasure. As to both, our duty is to watch andpray. Our Lord Jesus, when he ascended on high, left somethingfor all his servants to do. We ought to be always upon ourwatch, in expectation of his return. This applies to Christ'scoming to us at our death, as well as to the general judgment.We know not whether our Master will come in the days of youth,or middle age, or old age; but, as soon as we are born, we beginto die, and therefore we must expect death. Our great care mustbe, that, whenever our Lord comes, he may not find us secure,indulging in ease and sloth, mindless of our work and duty. Hesays to all, Watch, that you may be found in peace, withoutspot, and blameless.
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