NTI Mark, Chapter 13
(v 1 - 3) One of the apostles was very impressed by the temple.
"Look, teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!"
Jesus smiled at the apostle and put an arm around his shoulder. "You are impressed by nothing, my friend. Before the sight of Heaven, all of these stones will disappear."
(v 4 - 37) As Jesus rested outside the temple with some of the apostles, they asked him privately, "Master, you speak of an end to these days as we know them. When will this end come? What will be the signs? How shall we know?"
Jesus smiled at his brothers. His response to their concern was peaceful and certain. "Let not your fear deceive you. When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things will seem to happen before this world fades away. Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes and famines. All this is but birth pangs of this world. Love not this world, but do not fear it. For the world will pass away, but you are eternal.
"You must be on guard and watch the thoughts within your mind. You may see yourselves arrested and flogged, or you may see yourselves standing as witness unto your Self before governors and kings. This is your choice!
"The Light of God will shine throughout, and then the end will come."
"Master," an apostle asked. "What shall we say when we are brought as witnesses before governors and kings?"
"Do not worry beforehand what you will say. Say whatever is given you at the time. And trust it is the Holy Spirit speaking through you. Do not judge what you say, but give it as a gift by accepting it as a gift for you."
"What other signs will we see?" they asked.
"As long as there is darkness within the mind, you will see brother betray brother and father betray child. Children will rebel against parents, and each one will blame another for his woes. But I say, stand firm in your faith. Trust not the thoughts of death. Listen only to the Holy Spirit, and your thoughts shall be your salvation."
Jesus looked at the apostles. He was still and restful in his manner. "The world shall be the world until the thought that made it is no more. When the thought is gone, the world shall disappear with it. You will notice nothing but a tiny wisp of air, and then it shall be no more. And you will be glad, for all you will know is peace and freedom and joy.
"Do not worry that you will not be ready. For before this time, you will look out on the world and see the Christ as if it rains upon the earth from clouds held up by angels.You will know this power and glory within you. And the ends of the earth will fade into the ends of Heaven before your sight.
"Learn this lesson from the fig tree. As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know summer is near. Even so, when your heart is filled with the glory of Godand you see the world in this way, you know that Heaven is near, right at the door awaiting you.
"I tell you the truth. You have nothing to fear. All that is not of God will pass away, but what is of God will last forever, even from this day into eternity."
"Master," they asked, "when will this happen?"
Jesus chuckled. "There is no day or hour to which you can look. There is only now. Accept all that I say as true. Keep watch in your mind, even unto this moment. Now is the time for salvation, for there is no other time but now. Do not fall asleep and let this time pass you by. What I say to you, I say to everyone. Stay alert, and keep watch in joyfulness."
Jesus was smiling, so the apostles listening to him could not be afraid.
NTI Mark, Chapter 14
(v l,2) As the holy days of Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread approached, the chief priests and some teachers of the law agreed to have Jesus arrested and to see to it that he was killed. They were afraid of retribution from the people who listened to him, so they agreed that his arrest must occur after the holy feast.
(v 3 - 9) Jesus was resting in the evening with the apostles and friends, when a woman came to him with an expensive perfume. Out of gratitude for love she had known through him, she gifted Jesus with the perfume by anointing him with it.
Some observers were upset and jealous. They protested that the perfume could have been sold, and the money could have been given to the poor.
Jesus responded to the protestors gently, while holding the hand of the woman who had anointed him. "Her gift is a symbol of her gratitude for love, given to one that is a symbol in her eyes for God's Love. She has done nothing wrong. She has extended gratitude in a way that she felt called to extend it. This woman is following the guidance of her heart. Let us thank her for what she has done. She shall live as a symbol unto all of us throughout the ages."