SERMON OUTLINE

“What Did Jesus Know? Matthew 24 -25: End Times and Judgment” Book by Dr. Scott T. Arnold - Week 1: “Jesus Has Left the Temple”

What Did Jesus Know?
Matthew 24 -25: End Times and Judgment

Book by Dr. Scott T. Arnold
Week 1:  “Jesus Has Left the Temple”  5/31/2020
Matthew 24:1-3 & Matthew 13:24-30. First Baptist Church of Los Angeles, CA


1  Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings.  2 “Do you see all these things?” he asked. “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”  3  As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” Matthew 24:1-3


Sermon Outline:

I. What was Jesus walking away from? (v.1a)
1  Jesus left the temple and was walking away

  1. Jesus left a building
  2. Jesus left unaccepted
  3. Jesus left misunderstood
  4. Jesus left with a purpose and direction


II. What were the Disciples fixated upon? (v.1b)
when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings

  1. The disciples perceived a change in Jesus
  2. The disciples tried to redirect the attention of Jesus
  3. The disciples were fixated on the material and political


III. What did Jesus know that made Him see things differently? (2)

when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings

  1. Jesus points at the symbols of man’s glory (2a)
    2 “Do you see all these things?” he asked.
  2. Jesus wants them to see beyond the immediate (2b)
    “Truly I tell you,
  3. Jesus prophecies the destruction of the temple (2c)
    not one stone here will be left on another;
  4. Jesus prophecies the devastation coming (2d)
    every one will be thrown down.”


IV. What would you like to ask Jesus? (3)

  1. Jesus waits for us to ask. (3a)
    3  As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives,
  2. Questions about when (3b)
    the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen,
  3. Questions about what to look for (3c)
    and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”


V. How will Jesus answer their questions and ours?


VI. A Parable of Jesus that speaks to our times (COVID-19 pandemic)

24 Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. 27 “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’ 28 “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied. “The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ 29 “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them.  30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’” Matthew 13:24-30.

Questions for Discussion:

  1. What were some of the false assumptions people had about Jesus?
  2. What false assumptions do people have today?
  3. Why did Jesus leave Jerusalem and not use His divine power and authority to bring in the Kingdom of God in the way that the people wanted?
  4. What do we learn about the disciples (and ourselves) as we consider how they wanted to know more about “signs of Jesus’ coming and the end of the age”?
  5. What are some of the big questions you would like to bring to Jesus concerning the coming of His Kingdom, end times and judgment?

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