13 As Jesus was leaving the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!” 2 “Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus. “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 opposite the temple, Peter, James, John and Andrew asked him privately, 4 “Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are all about to be fulfilled?” 5 Jesus said to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 6 Many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and will deceive many. 7 When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 8 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.
I keep learning how many levels Jesus talks on! When Jesus was talking about the destruction of the temple, he was talking on one level about his own death and resurrection, but he was also talking about the notion of the way that mankind interacts with God: The temple was the symbol of God’s presence on earth, but Christ’s work changed it all in 3 days by fulfilling the law and bringing into place a whole new covenant!
Not only this, but he was also speaking prophetically about the literal destruction of the physical temple in about 70AD, which has never been rebuilt. This is a mark that the law has been fulfilled.
As I read today, I feel like there is a fourth, more contemporary application that I am drawing out of the Word. There is certainly a temptation for me to get amazed and inspired by the things of this world. Even when these things lead to worship of Him, God has reminded me today to keep an eternal perspective – the end of the world will come one day, and even if it doesn’t come in the next 10 years, I need to remember that my life on earth is transient!
Lord, thank you that you have placed eternity in the hearts of mankind. Thank you for your fresh revelation from your Word today. Amen
Written by Ps. Justin Ware