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Temple Tantrum

Mark 13.1-4
And as he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!” And Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” And as he sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when all these things are about to be accomplished?”
Chapter 13 of Mark has a conversation between Jesus and His disciples as they left the temple and Jerusalem walking back to Bethany where they spent their nights. Jesus took advantage of this “teachable moment.” A casual remark about the magnificent temple by a disciple led Jesus to make a startling prophetic statement about the fate of the temple. The group paused on the Mount of Olives where they could glance back across the valley toward Jerusalem. Perhaps they watched the sun set behind the ancient city.

Several disciples chose that moment to ask two curious questions: When will these things happen? What will be the sign? With His answers Jesus prepared His disciples for the difficult years ahead. He warned them about false messiahs, natural disasters, and persecutions. But He also assured them that He would be with them to protect them and make His kingdom known through them. Jesus promised that, in the end, He would return in power and glory to save them. Jesus’ warnings and promises to His disciples also apply to us as we look forward to His return; we must be ready.

What is your relationship with God? All the show of religious observance won’t cover emptiness at the center of your life. Is your life given to Jesus? People can resemble buildings that are outwardly impressive but inwardly crumbling and bound for destruction. Jesus wants to build your life to last forever, strong and true. Let Him be your architect.

Pastor Jeff
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