Luke 21:5–9 (ESV)
Jesus Foretells Destruction of the Temple
5 And while some were speaking of the temple, how it was adorned with noble stones and offerings, he said, 6 “As for these things that you see, the days will come when there will not be left here one stone upon another that will
not be thrown down.” 7 And they asked him, “Teacher, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when these things are about to take place?” 8 And he said, “See that you are not led astray. For many will come in my name, saying,
‘I am he!’ and, ‘The time is at hand!’ Do not go after them. 9 And when you hear of wars and tumults, do not be terrified, for these things must first take place, but the end will not be at once.”
Jesus makes a prophecy that blows the people away. The temple is a magnificent building, built solid, and beautifully adorned. Jesus says the unthinkable: 6 “As for these things that you see, the days will
come when there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” They can’t imagine this.
In 1977, I attended the Boy Scout’s National Jamboree held in Pennsylvania.
On this trip, I toured New York City and went to the top of the World Trade Center and I will remember this forever. I could see the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Ellis Island, and most of New York. If a man had told me that the
day was coming that these two buildings would fall down... I would not have believed him. I could not even fathom such a thought. But it did happen. Well, in our reading today, Jesus predicts the fall of the Temple... and it happened in 70AD,
but that is roughly 40 years later. In the mean time... the disciples ask Jesus “Teacher, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when these things are about to take place?” The Lutheran Study Bible states that Jesus is
preparing His disciples for the temple’s destruction and the final judgment. Do not be so impressed with the world’s splendor that you lose sight of the eternal. Jesus, our true temple, was laid low in the grave but rose again so we can live fearlessly.
I pray: O Lord, help me to not be impressed with the world, but to wait for Heaven which is to come. You are the Lord of Lords and King of Kings. You are the Messiah, the Lamb of God who takes away
the sin of the world, even mine. Thank You, Amen.