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Mark 13:3-13

Mark 13:3-13


Series: The Gospel of Mark
Sermon: Signs of Jesus’ Second Coming
Bible Passage: Mark 13:3-13

I. Jesus will be physically absent from among His followers for an unspecified amount of time—between His resurrection and the Second Coming (13:5-8, in fact 5-36)

II. During his physical absence, several things need to take place that are part of the plan of God

III. Each of them is marked with a stern warning from Jesus “to be careful/watchful” (13:5, 9, 23, 33)—βλεπετε

IV. Jesus warns his followers to be careful about messiah-pretenders who would come Jesus’ name (verses 5-8)—deceivers, false prophets

1. They would claim that they are Jesus (“I am”) or God (“I am He”)
2. They would claim to be messiahs
3. They would claim themselves to be Jesus who was absent for a period of time as if Jesus was returning from his absence

a. Mark 13:21 “Look, here is the Christ!” or “Look, there he is!” do not believe
b. Mark 13:22 False messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and wonders to deceive the believers

4. The word “deceive” refers to (13:6)

a. Religious seduction through signs and wonders to deceive
b. Believing in them is offensive against God’s will
5. During this time (just before the end) there would be wars, and rumours of wars, earthquakes, and famines (13:7-8)
6. These things would lead some people to believe that the end of the world has come (verses 7b, 8b)
7. The messiah pretenders (the deceivers) would prey on the fear and vulnerability of Jesus-followers

V. One of the fallouts of the deceivers’ deception is that Jesus’ followers would be hindered from their Gospel-preaching mission

1. They would be handed over, beaten, and dragged to the stand before governors and kings (verse 9)

a. The words “handed over,” “arrested,” and “delivered” are familiar ones in chs. 14-15
b. Just as Jesus was going to be arrested, the disciples are to be arrested, betrayed, handed over to stand trial before authorities
c. The trials were to be preaching events where the good news would be proclaimed to the people of power—to be missional!
d. The Holy Spirit will help Jesus-followers to bear witness about the Gospel when they stand before authorities (verse 11)
e. God would be working His plans through their sufferings
f. In 1:16-18, Jesus invited James, John, Peter, and Andrew to follow Him “Come, follow me”—it is to this cost that they were invited!
g. It’s not just following Jesus, but more is expected from them, even to the extent of giving up their lives—8:34-35
h. Suffering for the sake of Christ is the one of the fundamental component of Jesus’ teaching and discipleship

2. The Gospel must be preached to all nations on a priority level—(verse 10)
3. With these sufferings, neither the end of the church nor the world has arrived
4. The expression “beginning of birth pains” indicates that the end and Jesus’ coming are not immediate but for a long period from now

VI. The one who endures to the end will be saved (Mark 13:13b)

1. The one who is a true follower will persevere in all situations
2. They need to serve, even to the end of their life
3. They need to stand the task
4. Their lives were to serve a larger purpose

Take Away:

Watch out and persevere

Speaker: William J. Subash

Born and raised in south India, William J. Subash became a follower of Jesus Christ in 1983 at the age of nineteen. After a brief career in a tea and coffee plantation, Subash decided to spend rest of his life to preach about Jesus and his life-transforming message of God, which is popularly known as “the Gospel.” Subash teaches New Testament Studies at two institutions: SAIACS in India and Liberty University Online, VA, USA. Currently, Subash serves as the chief point person for GROW Gospel Initiatives and the Lead Pastor of the Crossroad Church, Bangalore. Write to him at