We have just concluded Jesus’ final sermon that is found in Matthew’s Gospel: The Olivet Discourse. In the sermon Jesus gave us a central truth about the end of the age that we live in, “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, not the Son, but only the Father,” (25:36). We learn that because the time of Jesus’ return is unknown his followers are to watch, be ready, be prepared, and live with the conviction that He can return unexpectedly at any moment.
In the sermon Jesus gave us a somber picture of the age we live in, and it’s one of apostasy. As we wait, watch, and prepare for His return Jesus said, “He who stands firm to the end will be saved,” (13). One concludes that active resistance is needed by the believer in order to resist all that the age will throw at us, we must stand firm till the end.
Jesus knows that we cannot stand firm alone, so He gave us the church. The author of Hebrews wrote to believers to encourage their relationship with the church. He wrote, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds. Not forsaking our own assembling together as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the day drawing near, (Heb. 10: 23-25).
The Church is here to help you stand,