The End of the Age
The Olivet Discourse, Jesus’ last and longest, occurs in Matthew 24 and 25. Jesus is the new Israel who is called out of Egypt, baptized in the Jordan River, tempted in the wilderness, ascends the mountain like Moses to teach the law, sends disciples like Joshua to take the land, establishes the kingdom as David did, teaches wisdom like Solomon, and now like Jeremiah He warns Israel of the temple’s destruction and judgment. He makes it clear these things will take place within a generation, which makes this text no less relevant to our time. We live in God’s world where there are wars and rumors of wars, nations rise and fall, churches thrive and perish, and God’s kingdom comes from heaven to earth anyway.