Jesus left the temple area and was walking away. But his followers came to him to show him the temple's buildings. Jesus asked the followers, "Are you looking at these buildings? I tell you the truth. They will be destroyed. Every stone will be thrown down to the ground. Not one stone will be left on another." Later, Jesus was sitting at a place on the Mount of Olives. The followers came to be alone with Jesus. They said, "Tell us when these things will happen. And what will happen to show us that it is time for you to come again and time for the world to end?" Jesus answered: "Be careful! Don't let any person fool you. Many people will come and use my name. They will say, 'I am the Christ.' And they will fool many people."
— Matthew 24:1-5 NLT
"When will this be?" That's a question that's been asked for ages, isn't it! But Jesus didn't really answer that question in the way they would have liked! In fact, there isn't much about this whole deal they do like! The two scenes recounted here take place in front of the Temple as they were leaving it, and overlooking the Temple from the Mount of Olives. The Temple was the powerful reminder to all Jews of God's abiding presence among his people.
They wanted to focus on the beauty of this Temple. But Jesus wants them to focus on the permanence of the real Temple, himself! If they were to find God from now on, they must look to him! No one else was going to be able to save them! In fact, Jesus' message to us is still the same: No building, no place can save you. Only I can save.
"But when is that going to be, Jesus?" We want to know the time, too. But Jesus doesn't give us the answer. Instead, he challenges us to be faithful and despite the tumult of the times, look to him and not be misled by all the false teachers and false prophets!
Holy Father, I find it so easy to trust in myself and in the things around me, especially my religious things. Help me Father to look to Jesus and rely upon him as my only source of hope and future. Come Lord Jesus with power! In your name, Son of God, I pray. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Matthew 21:12-13
- John 2:17-22
- Matthew 12:6
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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