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

Friday, November 24, 2023

Some of [Jesus'] disciples began talking about the majestic stonework of the Temple and the memorial decorations on the walls. But Jesus said, "The time is coming when all these things will be completely demolished. Not one stone will be left on top of another!"

"Teacher," they asked, "when will all this happen? What sign will show us that these things are about to take place?"

— Luke 21:5-7 NLT

Key Thought

In today's verses and the following verses, Jesus has powerful messages about standing firm in the troubles of life. The first message today comes from what would happen to the Temple. Jesus' point is that no matter how beautiful, the Temple in Jerusalem would be destroyed and left in a rubble heap — and the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple is just one example of the reality that earthly temples or anything else made by hands will not and cannot last. Our finest and most consecrated 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.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 2 Peter 3:8-13
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17
  • Matthew 6:19-21

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Illustration of Luke 21:5-7 NLT — "when will all this happen? What sign will show us that these things are about to take place?"

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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