Reflection on Mark 13:1-8

Then Jesus began to say to them, “Beware that no one leads you astray. Many will come in my name and say, ‘I am he’, and they will lead many astray.”

The disciples marvel at the Temple, its size and splendour. But Jesus says, “Not one of these stones will be left upon another.”

They go to the Mount of Olives and the disciples ask Jesus when these things will happen and what will be the signs that they are near. Jesus says they must be careful that no one leads them astray. There will be wars, earthquakes, and famines but these are the beginnings of the birth pangs.

The disciples look at the Temple as a magnificent creation but Jesus warns them that it will soon be utterly destroyed. A few decades later in 70 AD the Temple was totally destroyed, never to be rebuilt.

The Old Covenant with its system of sacrifices has been replaced by the one true sacrifice of Christ. The two covenants cannot coexist, and God allowed the old Temple to be forever destroyed so that there could be no more repetition of vain sacrifices.

We must take heed of of Jesus’ warning not to be led astray by false messiahs, and others claiming to have the latest revelation.

Hold firm to Christ, even in the midst of disaster, desolation and trauma.

Father please help me to stand firm in Christ, to not be side tracked or deceived by anyone. Amen.


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