Preparing for Persecution
Please turn to Mark Chapter thirteen, the Gospel of Mark, chapter thirteen, and in a moment, we are going to begin reading in verse five. Mark Chapter thirteen. Now, my friend, we have often sung with great joy, "It pays to serve Jesus," and it does doesn't it? It pays to serve Jesus. It pays everyday. It pays every step of the way. And that is true, but may I tell you today, that it also costs to serve Jesus. It costs every day. And part of the cost of serving the Lord Jesus Christ is the persecution that will come to you if you stand for Christ. The Bible says in Second Timothy Chapter three, verse twelve, "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution."
Now, if you're not suffering persecution, that says something about you. For the Bible says all who will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. There's no escape, and there's no equivocation. It is there. It is clear. It is plain. "All who will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." Now, we're going to read in just a few moments some of the signs of the age, the time in which we're living, as God is punctuating these days, and these hours. And we're going to be reading about wars, rumors of wars. We're going to be reading about famines and earthquakes and pestilences. But also we're going to be reading about one of the chief signs of the age, and it is the persecution of the godly. And if I as your pastor did not prepare you and warn you, I don't think I would do a very good job as a pastor.
Mark Chapter thirteen, verse five, "And Jesus answering them began to say, 'Take heed lest any man deceive you: For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And when ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars, be ye not troubled . . .'" and by the way, we could just stop and preach right there. Just underscore that, "'Be ye not troubled, for such things must needs be; ...
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