“Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”
Jesus is going to come on a Day when He is not expected. As lightning flashes from the East to the West, so will His coming be. We don’t know when, but Jesus is coming.
The paradox of our current Christian sub-culture in America is that we work and strive to make things better, but Jesus said that things would become worse. We are tempted to legislate morality because we yearn for the golden years of the past and think that maybe, just maybe, that could return our culture to a measure of decency. Read this chapter and it’s clear, wickedness will increase and ‘the love of most will grow cold,’ before the second coming of Jesus.
It makes me nervous for my children.
“How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now — and never to be equaled again. “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.” Matthew 24:19-22
What do we do? We stand firm to the end! We do not give up the righteous struggle against wickedness. We continue to share the Good News of grace found in Jesus and we pray to the Lord of the Harvest for more workers. The battle is a losing one for us but the victory is won in Jesus.
We push against the darkness of culture, and even use it to contrast the Light of Christ’s Kingdom, in order to reach individuals. The Kingdom of Heaven grows one person at a time. People are baptized into Christ individually (although I’ve seen some family baptisms that were pretty cool!).
We do not leave the culture or resign it to the garbage heap for there are many things and many people that can yet be redeemed. We wrestle in prayer for those who are lost in this darkness.
And yet we know that Jesus’ words will be found true. Things will get increasingly worse… and then, gloriously better!
Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus.