Sermon 17 November 2019

The conversation today starts with the disciples’ appreciation of the magnificent of the temple, and Jesus prophesying the destruction. This leads to a question of timing. This leads to Jesus prophesying the future events.

When we read this passage we can be drawn to all the things that are happening in the world and fulfilling Jesus’ prophecy. We may think Jesus is coming soon. We may think something is wrong with the prophecy. These things have been happening for years. What is Jesus waiting for. We may be desensitized to it all and not care.

Jesus actually tells them not to be led astray by these things and those who claim to be him. They need to be concerned about what will happen to them.

Jesus tells them they will be arrested, persecuted, standing before synagogue, kings, leaders because of him. This is a challenging consequence of following Jesus. I find it interesting that Jesus is not concerned about their arrest, or how they may be treated, but how they are to speak, ‘14But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. 15For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict’

We can look at all the events that are happening around us, and prophecy the end of the world, or look for Jesus’ coming, but what is really important is how we stand up for Jesus.

Many may think they are unable to stand up for Jesus because we are not intelligent enough, popular enough, old enough, too old, wrong gender. Sometimes the hardest judge on us is ourselves.

Jesus doesn’t want us to worry, but to trust that when standing to talk about Jesus, Jesus will give us the words.

Do we talk to others about Jesus? What are our reasons for doing it or not? Do we trust Jesus? The want to share is the first step. Trusting Jesus is the second.