Mathew 24 Lesson

Fighting The Good Fight!

In preparing His disciples for hardships to come, Jesus makes three statements.

  1. “See that you are not frightened.” – Mathew 24:6,
  2. “The one who enduresto the end, he will be saved.” – Mathew 24:13,
  3. “Be on the alert.” – Mathew 24:42.

In today’s lesson, we will look at these statements one at a time. Before we do, we will point out that Jesus does not sugarcoat the message here. There are many hardships that His disciples will have to endure, and Jesus wants to make sure they are prepared.

These hardships include:

  • The destruction of the temple,
  • Wars,
  • Rumors of wars,
  • Nation rising against nation,
  • Kingdom rising against kingdom,
  • Famines,
  • Earthquakes,
  • People being killed,
  • People being hated,
  • False prophets,
  • Lawlessness.

STATEMENT 1: “SEE THAT YOU ARE NOT FRIGHTENED.”

God does not want us to live our lives in fear. The Bible delivers this message repeatedly, including the following five scriptures:

  1. “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you” - Deuteronomy 31:6,
  2. “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteousright hand.” - Isaiah 41:10,
  3. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” - Joshua 1:9,
  4. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” - Philippians 4:6-7,
  5. “But Jesus, overhearing what was being spoken, said to the synagogue official, ‘Do not be afraid any longer, only believe.’” - Mark 5:36.

STATEMENT 2: “THE ONE WHO ENDURES TO THE END, HE WILL BE SAVED.”

All of us will experience ups and downs in our lives, especially as it relates to our faith. There will be times when our faith is rock solid and other times when we struggle with it. The important thing is to stay strong and endure until the end.

Endurance is an important attribute of any Christian. If we remain faithful, despite the adversity that we are experiencing, our reward in heaven will be great! Consider the following four verses about endurance:

  1. “And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;  and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;  and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” - Romans 5:3-5,
  2. “For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.” - Hebrews 10:36,
  3. “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” – James 1:2-4,
  4. “Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” - Romans 15:5,
  5. “Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” -James 1:12.

STATEMENT 3: “BE ON THE ALERT.”

Jesus tells us about the trials and hardships that we will experience in life so that we can be prepared and remain vigilant. We know that the devil is a powerful adversary that we should not underestimate.

Peter wrote in his first epistle:

  • “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” – 1 Peter 5:8.

Satan would love nothing more than for us to be lulled into a false sense of security so that he can attack. For this reason, we must constantly be on the alert to protect ourselves by putting on the full armor of God.

Being alert is of paramount importance in the life of a Christian. The Bible emphasizes how important this is in the following five scriptures:

  1. “Keep watching and praying that you may not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” - Mark 14:38,
  2. “But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.” - Luke 21:36,
  3. “Take heed, keep on the alert; for you do not know when the appointed time will come.  It is like a man away on a journey, who upon leaving his house and putting his slaves in charge, assigning to each one his task, also commanded the doorkeeper to stay on the alert.  Therefore, be on the alert—for you do not know when the master of the house is coming, whether in the evening, at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— in case he should come suddenly and find you asleep.  What I say to you I say to all, ‘Be on the alert!’” -Mark 13:33-37,
  4. “With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance.” - Ephesians 6:18,
  5. “Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” -Mathew 26:41,

CONCLUSION

There is nothing in the Bible that tells us that our lives are going to be easy. Jesus’ life was not easy. The disciples’ lives were not easy. So what makes us think that we are any different?

What the Bible does say, is that if we remain faithful until the end, our struggles will all be worth it! And as we navigate through life’s challenges, we need to keep our eye on the prize and remember the words of Jesus who told us:

  1. “See that you are not frightened.” – Mathew 24:6,
  2. “The one who enduresto the end, he will be saved.” – Mathew 24:13,
  3. “Be on the alert.” – Mathew 24:42.

We will end today’s lesson with the following words spoken by the Apostle Paul. They are the same words that we hope to be able to say when our time on earth is up:

  • “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith;in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.” -2 Timothy 4:7-8.

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Mark Rogers

This passage of scripture holds no fear for the Christian believer. It refers to the time of tribulation that is yet to come upon the World. When this is taking place the Church will have been raptured to the Father's House (John 14:1-6). The Tribulation is also called "The Time of Jacob's Trouble" as mentioned in Jeremiah 30:7. It is a time of final opportunity for Israel to turn and believe her Messiah. It is also a time of unparalleled outpouring of God's Wrath upon the Earth. The Church is not destined for wrath. She has been redeemed and cleansed and dressed in white by her Beloved Lord. "For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ," (1 Thess. 5:9)

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James A Guillory

In the Word of God the Bible talks about the relationship between the Christian and the Lord as a husband and wife, a marriage! When a husband and wife are madly in love with one another they are in complete unity for one person thinks the other person knows, they have the same mind. When we are walking in an intimate love relationship with the Lord, worry does not consume you about the difficulties that lie ahead because you know that the love that you have with the Lord will carry you through it,and we know that God is love and love conquers all, so with that being said i think it is good to be aware that difficulties will come in life,but knowing that you're in a love relationship with the God of the universe will give you comfort and peace to go through any storm! The closer that you are to the Lord the last that you worry about life's troubles about life storms so it is good to stay as close as possible so when the storms of life to come you are ready!

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