November 18, 2019

Jesus Saves. Endure in Him.

Matthew 24:1–14

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Jesus Foretells Destruction of the Temple

Jesus left the temple and was going away, when his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple. But he answered them, “You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.”

Signs of the End of the Age

As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.

“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake. 10 And then many will fall away1 and betray one another and hate one another. 11 And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. 12 And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

Footnotes

[1] 24:10 Or stumble

Jesus Saves. Endure in Him.



Key Verse | Matthew 24:13

"But the one who endures to the end will be saved."

Bio | Joshua Lindsey

Hello, fellow travelers! My name is Joshua "JD" Lindsey. I am 31 years old and was born and raised in Texas. I am blessed with a beautiful wife, two daughters, and three dogs. Before Watermark Community Church, I lived my life in isolation, addicted to pornography and the acceptance of others. God has used Watermark's ministries to open my eyes to a new life in Christ. I currently serve at Wake, our sixth through eighth grade student ministry in Fort Worth. I love serving there and seeing the Lord transform these young lives through this ministry.

Central Truth

Jesus Christ will return one day. Until He does, the enemy will do what it takes to deceive you. Trust in Jesus Christ for your salvation, and you will be saved. Once you have trusted in Christ, He commands us to persevere in our faith and in God's promises.

Devotional | Matthew 24:1–14

With the rise of social media and the internet, we have the ability to receive news faster than ever. This causes us to be more aware of how scary the world around us really is and that many...

With the rise of social media and the internet, we have the ability to receive news faster than ever. This causes us to be more aware of how scary the world around us really is and that many things Jesus mentioned are occurring. Earthquakes are happening in locations where they aren't supposed to. Evil is rising. Television is pushing agendas to make us a more tolerant society. We can even fit the largest library of pornography in our pockets to access anywhere at anytime. 

But the brokenness of the world isn't new, even with new devices. Cain killed Abel in an open field (Genesis 4:8). The devices we use to sin are not the problem; it is our hearts. And our hearts are the engine behind our ability to endure. 

This passage warns us with a long list of things to watch for and not be deceived by, so long as we cling to this promise: "The one who endures to the end will be saved." (Matthew 24:13) With my renewed focus on Jesus a few years ago, I became free from an addiction to pornography. That addiction started at age 11, and the enemy constantly tries to lure me back. When that doesn't work, he turns to other outlets such as busyness, financial stress, or pride. Enduring against temptation is a daily choice as a believer in Christ. I have seen firsthand the joy that comes from making Jesus my primary focus, and I will continue to endure.

I challenge you today to not focus on the when and how, but the who. Focus on Jesus. Go out and tell others your victories over sin—over the ultimate deception. Be on guard because the devil will always try to deceive you in new ways. Endure, friends. It will be so worth it now and in eternity!

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Discussion Questions

1. What lies or deceptions do you have to resist the most?

2. Who is someone you could positively impact by sharing your struggles and victories?

3. What does Jesus mean in Matthew 24:2 when He answers the disciples' comment in Matthew 24:1b with, "Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down."?

4. What is the best way to endure to the end?

6 Comments available

Michael Scaman 18 days ago

What is the greatest danger to be concerned about in this time?

Matt 24:4-5 “…See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray.

Michael Scaman 18 days ago

The stone the builders rejected becomes the cornerstone. The stones they trusted in making up the temple all get knocked down.

Greg Jones 19 days ago

Q3-This is the testimony used against Jesus at his trial, practically speaking. All his disciples are together with him here when he answers. Mark13 tells who is present privately on the mount of olives with Jesus when he is asked about this further.

Q4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.vv4-5…and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.v11…Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.v12…

But the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.Matthew24:13…

And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.v14

Don’t allow love for the other to grow cold.

Michael Scaman 19 days ago

Matt 24:14 “And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”

There may be false prophets, less love with more immorality, wars, wars and wars, but the gospel will go forward and so should you. “he who endures to the end shall be saved” which sounds like the doctrine of “the perseverance of the saints” to me

The saints will individually persevere in their lives and faith. The saints will collectively persevere in proclaiming the gospel to all peoples of the earth.

Sue Bohlin 19 days ago

Thanks, Josh.

The Lord’s prophecy in today’s reading is sobering. I was particularly caught by v. 12, “And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.” I discovered that lawlessness means refusing to live by God’s laws/rules, a hard-heartedness that insists on throwing off His right to put restrictions and boundaries on us. I also discovered that the verb “grow cold” is only used once in the NT, meaning to blow on something to cool it down. Tepid coffee is ucky because it has cooled down to room temperature, but that’s NOTHING compared to the deep sadness of love that has grown cold because people insist on living life according to their own rules, which makes them selfish and self-centered . . . the opposite of loving.

And we are seeing that in our world today, although I think it will get a LOT worse first.

Hugh Stephenson 19 days ago

GM Josh. Well said.

There are so many scary events in the news and so many parallels with the end-times passages that I can get pretty edgy. Since about 2014 Amy and I have been very open about our faith and the truth of Scripture with a lot of our pre-salvation friends. Most would say that they are believers. Sadly, many of them fear being criticized and ostracized. Only a few respond to texts or emails now. It seems they have listened to those coming “in His name” and have been led astray.

In Prodigal I learned Hebrews 12:1-3. A paraphrase -

throw off sin run the race fix my eyes on Jesus because He scorned the shame as He knew the joy that was coming because He endured hostilities that dwarf mine don’t grow weary don’t lose heart.

We like the summary phrase-

“We have an audience of One”

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