AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE?
Then you will be arrested and handed over to be punished and be put to death. Everyone will hate you because of me. Many will give up their faith at that time; they will betray one another and hate one another. Then many false prophets will appear and fool many people. Such will be the spread of evil that many people's love will grow cold. But whoever holds out to the end will be saved.
But does this passage have a longer term application? The next few words might make us stop and think.
And this Good News about the Kingdom will be preached through all the world for a witness to all people; and then the end will come.
Whether the words of Matthew's Gospel were for the first century or the twenty-first (perhaps a mixture of both?), Jesus' teaching brings a seriousness to the season of Easter. It's a bit more challenging than chocolate eggs and fluffy bunnies.