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Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!
And welcome once again to ‘The Gospel of Mark’!
We continue this Biblical blog post series by looking into Chapter 13 of the Gospel of Mark featured in the Holy Bible. If you’d like to find out how this story starts, check out Chapter 1 or go to ‘the gospel of mark’ tag below to check out the first twelve summaries of the 16 chapters contained in the gospel.
Previously in Chapter 12 of Mark’s Gospel, we were still in Jerusalem and Jesus began to teach with the parable of the tenants. Then there was the issue of paying the imperial tax to Caesar; the marriage at the resurrection; what is the greatest commandment and whose son the Messiah is. Jesus warns about the teachers of the law and then there was the widow’s offering to the temple treasury.
Let’s find out what happens to Jesus in Chapter 13 of Mark’s Gospel. Enjoy!
The Gospel of Mark, Chapter 13
Chapter 13 begins with Jesus and his disciples leaving the temple. One of his disciples points out the magnificent buildings and the stonework in Jerusalem. Jesus then said that not one stone of the buildings will be left on another and every stone will be thrown down. He then sat on the Mount of Olives.
This was opposite the temple and Peter, James, John and Andrew privately asked Jesus what he meant by these things and when they will happen. Jesus told his disciples to watch out for anyone who deceives them. He warns about the deceivers claiming to come in his name as well as claim to be him.
Jesus tells his disciples not to be alarmed when they hear about wars and rumours of wars. He tells them these things must happen and that the end is still to come. He tells them that earthquakes and famines will occur in various places. Jesus tells his disciples to be on their guard as they will be flogged.
He tells his disciples that this will happen when they’re being handed over to local councils and taken to synagogues to be flogged. This is because of Jesus that they will stand before governors and kings. He tells them to preach the gospel to all nations and not to worry when they are arrested and on trial.
Jesus tells his disciples that the Holy Spirit will speak through them to say whatever is given to them at the time. Jesus tells them that everyone will hate them because of him, but they will be saved if they stand firm. He tells them if anybody says, “Look, here is the Messiah!” – don’t believe a word said.
It then gets predicted that people will see the Son of Man coming clouds with great power and glory. Jesus tells them that angels will be sent to gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens. Jesus also instructs his disciples to learn the lesson from the fig tree.
Jesus tells them that as the fig tree’s twigs get tender and leaves come out, summer is near. He advises them when they see these things happen, the kingdom of God is near. He tells them this generation will not pass away until these things happen. Heaven and earth will pass away, but Jesus’ words won’t.
Jesus also tells them that the day and hour of the coming of the kingdom of God is unknown. The angels and Jesus don’t know. Only God does. Jesus reminds his disciples to be on guard and be alert. He tells them to keep ‘watch’ because they don’t ‘know when the owner of the house will come back’.
That’s it for Chapter 13 of Mark’s Gospel. Stay tuned next week for Chapter 14.
Thanks for reading!
Bye for now!