Matthew 24 - Day 120 (link to reading plan)
Scripture: Matthew 24:1-3
Commentary: The unavoidable time of tribulation and persecution that must come will have several effects: the commitment of many will grow cold; others will fall away and betray those with whom they formerly stood; and iniquity will abound. It will be a time that calls for great endurance from the faithful. At the same time, however, the period before the end will be marked by the proclamation of the good news that Jesus has been announcing in his ministry—the good news of the kingdom. But now that proclamation will go not just to the Jews but to “all the nations.” This indeed appears to be the main reason for the delay of the parousia (cf. the similar logic of 2 Peter 3:9).
Hagner, D. A. (1995). Matthew 14–28 (Vol. 33B, p. 696). Dallas: Word, Incorporated.
Application: We have been living in the end times since Jesus ascended to heaven nearly 2000 years ago. He didn't withhold any information, instead Jesus gave us specific details because he knew how challenging it would be for us to remain faithful and hold on to him.
Prayer: Lord, I need You, O I need You.