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 NLT
Illustration of Luke 21:5-7 NLT — "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.

Related Scripture Readings

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


About This Devotional

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.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.