Matthew 24: The Return of the King
We all want to be safe and secure. Yet many things can threaten our security-losing our job, our income, our health, our loved ones. Our ability to handle these threats will depend on the source of our security. Matthew 24 focuses on the destruction of Jerusalem and the return of Christ. The true issue of Christ's return is not the "hows" or "whens" that fascinate us. Rather we must learn to live in the present in light of the future. We must learn the true source of our security.
Warming Up to God
What gives you a sense of security?
Discovering the Word
- Following Jesus' statement about the temple's destruction, the disciples ask two questions (v. 3). Look through chapter 24, briefly noting ways that Jesus answers these questions.
- Throughout history people have set dates for Christ's return and have been mistaken. What events might deceive the disciples into thinking the end is at hand (vv. 4-8)?
- Before the end comes, what dangers will believers face, and how are we to handle them (vv. 9-14)?
- In 167 B.C. Antiochus Epiphanes attacked Jerusalem and set up a pagan altar in the temple—an event that anticipated "the abomination that causes desolation" spoken of by Jesus (v. 15). What occurs in the aftermath of this abomination (vv. 15-22)?
- How will we be able to distinguish false Christs from the true (vv. 23-31)?
- How do the parables of the thief and the wise and wicked servants (vv. 42-51) emphasize the importance of living in light of Christ's return?
Applying the Word
- Few of us have ever faced deadly peril for our faith. What types of pressure do you face for your faith in Christ?
- In what ways do you have need of greater watchfulness and perseverance?
Responding in Prayer
Praise God for giving you an unfailing source of security.