• Jesus Leaves the Temple Devotional

    Matthew 24:1–2

    It is a terrible thing to think that the Lord can become so fed up with those who claim to be His servants that He departs from their presence. God sometimes seems absent to us because we have grieved Him (Zech. 1:3). If you feel as if the Lord is far from you this day, consider whether there is unconfessed sin in your life. If we feel as though God is absent, this does not necessarily mean we are being disciplined, but it is a possibility we should consider. View Resource

  • The Olivet Discourse Devotional

    Matthew 24:3–8

    This approach to the Olivet Discourse does not deny Christ’s future coming in glory “to judge the living and the dead,” as the creeds say. Those who advocate this view just argue that most of Matthew 24 is not directly applicable to this event. But many other passages affirm the second coming of Christ to usher in the new heavens and earth, and Christians must affirm that there is a day of judgment for the world (I Thess. 1:9–10). Are you longing for His return? View Resource

  • Signs of the End Devotional

    Matthew 24:9-14

    The fact that the Gospel had been proclaimed to the Roman world by the late middle of the first century does not mean that the task of world evangelization has been completed. People from every tribe, nation, and tongue will worship the Lamb of God (Rev. 7:9–17), and there are as yet many tribes and tongues who have never heard the Gospel. Are you a dedicated supporter of world missions? How can your time, talent, and possessions contribute to this task? View Resource

  • Defining the Gospel Devotional

    Matthew 24:14

    Ultimately, there are only two possible kingdoms where we can hold citizenship. We can hold citizenship in the kingdom of this world and experience eternal death, or we can be citizens of the kingdom of God and live in His glorious presence forever. We become citizens of God’s kingdom only by trusting in Christ. With whom will you share this message today? View Resource

  • Running for the Hills Devotional

    Matthew 24:15–22

    Jesus words in today’s passage indicate that it is not necessarily wrong for believers to flee when calamity comes or when men rise to persecute the church. Certainly, if we are caught we must be willing to die for Jesus; however, there is nothing commendable about looking for martyrdom specifically. Pray today for the suffering church around the world to have wisdom to know when to stay and when to flee persecution. View Resource

  • Desecrating the Sanctuary Devotional

    Matthew 24:23–28

    In the days ahead we will look further at how the destruction of Jerusalem vindicates Jesus’ teaching and how it resulted from the nation’s rejection of the Messiah. For now, be reminded of the disaster that ensues when we refuse to receive Christ. Though He is gracious to us, our Lord takes our commitment to Him seriously and is displeased when we break it. May we be good and faithful servants, not like those in AD 70 Jerusalem who did not submit to Christ. View Resource

  • The Ascension of the Son of Man Devotional

    Matthew 24:29-31

    Jesus’ ascension and session (seating) at God’s right hand were important enough to the earliest Christians to include in both the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed. Yet as Dr. R.C. Sproul has often said, we often neglect these important events in the modern church. Christ’s ascension and session are critical because they confirm that Jesus Christ has been given all authority in heaven and earth. Thus, we know that He is reigning now to defeat all His and our enemies. View Resource

  • The Judgment of Jerusalem Devotional

    Matthew 24:29–31

    Today’s passage reminds us of our need to read each biblical passage according to the type of literature it happens to be. For example, passages that are apocalyptic (symbolic depictions of God’s wrath and vindication) cannot be read as if they are pure historical narrative. While we may disagree on the meaning of the more complex portions of Scripture, let us always read them with a sensitivity to the style of literature they represent. View Resource

  • The Vindication of Christ Devotional

    Matthew 24:32–35

    We still wait for Jesus to return and usher in the new heaven and the new earth. Still, we should not underestimate the significance of His judgment of Jerusalem through Rome in AD 70. No longer is there one place in only one country where we may gather for worship, and this confirms God’s intent to save people from all over the world. Let us be grateful that we may worship Him wherever we are and strive to make the praise of our Creator a part of our daily lives. View Resource

  • Islam and the Bible Devotional

    Matthew 24:35

    No other ancient work has survived in as many copies as the New Testament. When these various manuscripts are compared, both the care of the copyists and the integrity of the text are always confirmed. Moreover, to date no variant reading that has warranted a change in the text has produced any significant alterations in Christian doctrine. God has indeed preserved His Word. Review evidence for the Bible’s textual integrity so that you might defend it from attack. View Resource

  • An Unknown Day and Hour Devotional

    Matthew 24:36

    Our Lord’s admission, in His humanity, that He did not know when the day of His second advent would be is a warning to anyone who might try to set a date for His return. We are wasting time if we try to figure out how close we are to Christ’s final return even if we are not prone to setting specific dates. Instead, we should be focusing our attention on serving Him as He has commanded in His Word — through the love of God and neighbor. View Resource

  • What Jesus Did Not Know Devotional

    Matthew 24:36

    It is not necessarily sinful to be ignorant of a particular fact. Jesus could not know something according to His human nature and still be the sinless and spotless Savior. Still, that Jesus experienced ignorance in His humanity shows us that He knows what it is like to be human and can empathize with us in our weaknesses. We therefore need not be afraid to bring any of our concerns to Him in prayer. View Resource

  • A Faithful and Wise Servant Devotional

    Matthew 24:37–51

    Bishop Hilary of Poiters, an early church father, says, “Our ignorance of the day of Christ’s return should provoke us to be careful as we eagerly await his coming” (On Matthew, 26.6). Knowing that Jesus could come at any minute should motivate us to pursue holiness, loving God and neighbor. We certainly do not want the Lord to catch us off-guard. Instead, we want to be found working diligently so that He will have no cause to be ashamed of His people. View Resource