Jesus was leaving the temple area. One of his followers said to him, "Look, Teacher! This temple has very beautiful buildings with very big stones." Jesus said, "Are you looking at these great buildings? They will all be destroyed. Every stone will be thrown down to the ground. Not one stone will be left on another."
— Mark 13:1-2 NLT
Many of us today cannot imagine the splendor, the majesty, and the size of the Temple in Jesus' day. Herod the Great, a ruthless man but a master builder, had seen to it that the Temple was rebuilt in Jerusalem. Coming from small villages or crowded cities with small houses, the Temple was a massive building to those who saw it and entered its gates. In addition, it was considered a holy place, protected by God himself. It symbolized all that the Jewish people held dear. Yet Jesus is clear in his prophecy to his closest followers. The Temple was going to be destroyed. Not only were these words treasonous, but they were also bewildering and confusing to those who heard Jesus say them. Who would destroy it? Rome was the great power and they surely wouldn't destroy Jerusalem, would they? Why would God let it fall into the hands of an enemy and be destroyed? But, it does happen. The strength of God's people has never been their wealth, the armies, or their buildings; it has always been the faithfulness of their God and their faithfulness to him. In a world of economic, religious, racial, and geopolitical tumult, we must invest our lives in eternal things—spiritual things that cannot be destroyed. Buildings can be destroyed.
O Father, help me not glory in the externals of my life, but in you, the Father and sustainer of all things. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Isaiah 7:1-11
- Isaiah 31:1
- John 2:18-22
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.
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