While some people were speaking about how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings, Jesus said, “All that you see here–the days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down.” Then they asked him, “Teacher, when will this happen? And what sign will there be when all these things are about to happen?” He answered, “See that you not be deceived, for many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he,’ and ‘The time has come.’ Do not follow them! When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for such things must happen first, but it will not immediately be the end.” Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues from place to place; and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky. “Before all this happens, however, they will seize and persecute you, they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons, and they will have you led before kings and governors because of my name. It will lead to your giving testimony. Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand, for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute. You will even be handed over by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends, and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your lives.”
Let’s ask ourselves an honest question – is there anything materialistic in this world that we would really want to take with us to Heaven? Money, a car, a favorite shirt, a house? The only thing we’re really Called to do in this world is to Love – to Love God and to Love others like we Love God. The only things that we really should want to take with us to Heaven should be each other – meaning everyone. Is there anything more valuable than the Love of God? God is love (1 John 4:7-8) and we are made in the image of God…or, in other words, in the image of Love… And, like Toby Mac sings in one of his songs, “this not a test…this is the real thing”… Regardless of what the world does to us now or in the end times, “not a hair on (y)our head(s) will be destroyed”. Wow – not even a hair on our Eternal head, because we will all be getting new Heavenly Bodies on the Other Side of this world – if we truly Believe and Persevere until the end of our days. So, let’s try our best to Trust God and not worry about “wars and rumors of wars”, persecutions and tribulations, and the variety of natural disasters which are part of this fallen world. Let’s hold fast to Jesus Christ for it is with Christ and Christ alone that we’ll be Redeemed and secure our Eternal lives.