Jesus, in describing the events of the end, states in Mark 13:19, “For in those days there will be such tribulation as has not been from the beginning of the creation…until now, and never will be.” The difficulty and trial of the end of the age will be worse than anyone can imagine. The earth and humanity has not experienced anything as disastrous! Yet, our God in His grace states in a verse following this revelation (Mk. 13:20), “And if the Lord had not cut short the days, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, whom He chose, He shortened the days.”

Jesus also mentions being concerned for pregnant women, nursing moms and infants during this time. He communicates His compassion on those with circumstances which preclude quick retreat and He states that it will be even worse if this retreat happens in winter or on the Sabbath. Jesus’ compassion stays His wrath. As the enemy deceives and as nations rebel and as humanity seethes with hatred for Him and one another, He has shortened the days of tribulation and He is deeply concerned for mothers and infants.

Righteousness and mercy. Judgment and grace. We each out to study the Savior’s life and heart in order to follow Him closely when it comes to these seemingly contradictory attributes. Jesus’ followers have the responsibility to be righteous yet demonstrate mercy. We must speak His truth into dark spaces that will be judged by this same truth but we must do so with grace. Only someone who is fully abiding in Christ is able to faithfully accomplish this and reveal the character of the One he serves.

by Curt Krohn, Senior Pastor 

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