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Mark 13: For the Sake of God’s Elect

posted Oct 25, 2012, 9:05 AM by solomon yang

Much of what Jesus has to say in this chapter about the end of the age is enigmatic. But one thing is clear. God is mindful of His people. Even in timing the end, God is thinking about His chosen ones, about their welfare. Jesus describes those days as being “dreadful.” (13:17). “If the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would survive. But for the sake of the elect, whom he has chosen, he has shortened them” (13:20).

How good is our God? How good is God to us? He who does as He pleases chooses to do things “for the sake of the elect.” That means for our sake! Of course it’s true that God does everything for His own glory. But it’s also equally true that God does everything for our good. That’s the glory of the gospel! That in Christ, God would choose us for Himself and redeem us for Himself. And having made us His chosen people, God is now and always mindful of us. Isn’t that a glorious thought?

Knowing that we’re God’s elect in Christ affords us tremendous peace and hope. Are you going through something you don’t understand? Are you facing an uncertain future? Are you dreading what tomorrow may bring? Know this. In Christ, you have God who is for you, God who is working in all things for your sake. Sometimes it’s hard to believe just how committed God is to us. So pray for faith to believe, to trust. God says, “I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).

Will you believe?