What Jesus Did! 'It Won't Be Left Standing!' — Luke 21:5-7

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Some of the followers were talking about the temple. They said, "This is a beautiful temple, built with the best stones. Look at the many good gifts that have been offered to God!" But Jesus said, "The time will come when all that you see here will be destroyed. Every stone {of these buildings} will be thrown down to the ground. Not one stone will be left on another!" Some followers asked Jesus, "Teacher, when will these things happen? What will show us that it is time for these things to happen?"
— Luke 21:5-7
Illustration of Luke 21:5-7 — "Teacher, when will these things happen? What will show us that it is time for these things to happen?"

Key Thought

Jesus has three powerful messages about standing firm in the troubles of life. The first message has to do with the Temple, while the other two can be found in the following verses. Jesus' point is that no matter how beautiful, the Temple in Jerusalem will be destroyed and left in a rubble heap—earthly temples made by hands will not and cannot last. Our finest and most holy buildings won't last forever. Jesus wants us to know that we must invest ourselves in what is lasting and be ready for him when he returns in his glory.

Today's Prayer

Holy God, give me the wisdom and the courage to invest myself in your Kingdom and things that last. Help me see those areas of my life where my heart is too attached to things that are not lasting. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Some of the followers were talking about the temple. They said, "This is a beautiful temple, built with the best stones. Look at the many good gifts that have been offered to God!" But Jesus said, "The time will come when all that you see here will be destroyed. Every stone {of these buildings} will be thrown down to the ground. Not one stone will be left on another!" Some followers asked Jesus, "Teacher, when will these things happen? What will show us that it is time for these things to happen?" Jesus said, "Be careful! Don't be fooled. Many people will come using my name. They will say, 'I am {the Christ }' and, 'The right time has come!' But don't follow them. When you hear about wars and riots, don't be afraid. These things must happen first. Then the end will come later." Then Jesus said to them, "Nations will fight against other nations. Kingdoms will fight against other kingdoms. There will be great earthquakes, sicknesses, and other bad things in many places. In some places there will be no food for the people to eat. Terrible things will happen, and amazing things will come from heaven to warn people. "But before all these things happen, people will arrest you and do bad things to you. People will judge you in their synagogues and put you in jail. You will be forced to stand before kings and governors. People will do all these things to you because you follow me. But this will give you an opportunity to tell about me. Don't worry about what you will say. I will give you the wisdom to say things that none of your enemies can answer. Even your parents, brothers, relatives, and friends will turn against you. They will kill some of you. All people will hate you because you follow me. But none of these things can really harm you. You will save yourselves by continuing strong in your faith through all these things.

Luke 21:5-19

Related Scripture Readings

But don't forget this one thing, dear friends: To the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord is not being slow in doing what he promised—the way some people understand slowness. But God is being patient with you. God doesn't want any person to be lost. God wants every person to change his heart and stop sinning. But the Day when the Lord comes again will be a surprise like a thief. The sky will disappear with a loud noise. All the things in the sky will be destroyed with fire. And the earth and everything in it will be burned. In that way everything will be destroyed like I told you. So what kind of people should you be? You should live holy lives and do things to serve God. You should wait for the Day of God. You should want very much for that Day to come. When that Day comes, the sky will be destroyed with fire, and everything in the sky will melt with heat. But God made a promise to us. And we are waiting for what he promised—a new sky and a new earth. That will be the place where goodness lives.

2 Peter 3:8-13

Brothers and sisters, we want you to know about those people who have died. We don't want you to be sad like other people—people who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died. But we believe that Jesus rose again. So, because of Jesus, God will raise to be with Jesus those people who have died. What we tell you now is the Lord's own message. We who are living now might still be living when the Lord comes again. We who are living at that time will be with the Lord, but not before those people who have already died. The Lord himself will come down from heaven. There will be a loud command. That command will be given with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God. And the people who have died and were in Christ will rise first. After that, we people who are still alive at that time will be gathered up with those people who have died. We will be taken up in the clouds and meet the Lord in the air. And we will be with the Lord forever.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-17

"Don't save treasures for yourselves here on earth. Moths and rust will destroy treasures here on earth. And thieves can break into your house and steal the things you have. So save your treasure in heaven. The treasures in heaven cannot be destroyed by moths or rust. And thieves cannot break in and steal that treasure. Your heart will be where your treasure is.

Matthew 6:19-21

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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