Jesus prophesies the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple. The disciples ask ‘when will this happen and what will be the sign?’ Jesus prepares them for what’s ahead: they will be His witnesses – proclaiming the good news to all nations is their task. But there will be opposition (p. 1790) and deception. In order to endure they must be “on guard,” “be alert,” and keep watch.”
These phrases draw me to the garden where Jesus instructs them to “Sit here while I pray” (Mark 14:32), and to “stay here and keep watch” (Mark 14:34). But the disciples failed to “watch and pray” (Mark 14:38). Instead they fell asleep (Mark 14:41)! They couldn’t even “keep watch for one hour” (Mark 14:37)!
It seems that the Olivet Discourse was preparing the 12 for the hour of trial. And they failed miserably! Will I learn from the disciples failure or only repeat it?
Lord Jesus, following You is not easy. I face great opposition, and deceivers trying to get me off track – to distract my focus from the task at hand (good news-ing) are many. I must be constantly “on guard” and “alert” – for the enemy comes to deceive. What You said to them, You say to me, to all – “keep watch.” I will stand the watch…
In Jesus name – Amen,