If possible, read the whole chapter to see the full picture of what is happening here.
Then focus on the following section:
3As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell
us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and
of the end of the age?”
4Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5For many will come in my
name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6You will hear of wars and
rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen,
but the end is still to come. 7Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against
kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8All these are the
beginning of birth pains.
9”Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be
hated by all nations because of me. 10At that time many will turn away from the
faith and will betray and hate each other, 11and many false prophets will appear and
deceive many people. 12Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will
grow cold, 13but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14And this gospel of
the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and
then the end will come.
1. Think about the fact that Jesus Christ will return to this earth. Does this promise
make you happy? Or is it like a danger to you? Make a list of what you might lose
on that great day. Then make a list of what you will gain. Why is it hard for some
Christians to believe that Jesus will return?
2. Imagine that Jesus will return in a month’s time. What would be different in your
church? What would you do?
3. Let this question linger in your heart for a while. Wait for God to show you how
you may get ready for Jesus’ coming.
Prayer & Journaling:
On your prayer journal, as you listen to God, write down a few thoughts, questions,
words, names, drawings, or anything that has come to your mind during this time.
Proverbs for Today: Prov 4:1-3
Explain to children the meaning of Jesus’ second coming. Throughout the
years people have set many different specific times for Jesus’ return. These
false prophets usually get a following. Discuss how we should react to such
predictions. What is the proper attitude to have about Jesus’ second coming?