#1 – The Beginning of Sorrows. Matthew chapter 24 verses 1 to 8
On the Mount of Olives, the Lord Jesus told His disciples about things to come – things that would be fulfilled in their lifetime (see v.34). His teaching shows that we live in what the Bible calls the last days – the time from Christ’s death and resurrection (see Hebrews 9:26) until the end (see v.14 here). Jesus described elements of this time as “the beginning of birth pains” (v.8). They mark a time of anguish that will turn to joy (compare John 16:21). In this regard, the Lord taught:
1. Don’t be distracted. The disciples were awed by the Temple buildings, (v.1). Despite the Temple’s grandeur, however, Jesus knew it was “desolate” (23:38) and told His disciples that it would be destroyed. They were not to be distracted by it!