"The fig tree teaches us a lesson: When the fig tree's branches become green and soft, and new leaves begin to grow, then you know that summer is near. It is the same with these things that I told you would happen. When you see all these things happening, you will know that the time is near, ready to come. I tell you the truth. All these things will happen while people of this time are still living! The whole world, earth and sky, will be destroyed, but the words I have said will never be destroyed!"
— Matthew 24:32-35 NLT
As Jesus addresses the disciples' two questions, he returns now to the question about when the Temple will be destroyed. Unlike the days of the Son of Man's surprising return in glory to be seen by all people, there will be clues of Jerusalem's destruction. A believer paying attention to the ordinary, everyday signs of the seasons will be able to see this destruction coming. Jerusalem's enemies will march against her. They will seek to destroy her, her influence and her power. This will happen in the very generation of people Jesus is talking with at the moment.
Incredibly, this was true. Christians saw the mounting crisis between Rome and Jerusalem. When they saw Jerusalem was going to be surrounded by armies, they left and their lives were preserved. Jerusalem was devastated and the Temple was destroyed.
But Jesus' key point here is not the destruction of Jerusalem. Anything man made is also man destroyed, time eroded, and destined for decay. But Jesus' words, God's words, are eternal. They are firm and sure and a foundation on which to build our lives.
Almighty and Eternal God, I offer myself to you because I believe that you alone have what is lasting, good, true, and dependable. Forgive me for taking your Word so much for granted. Thank you for everyone who has given his or her life to make sure I can have a copy of the Bible in words easy for me to understand. I know that nothing around me will last as long as your Word. Please convict my heart so I will cherish it second only to you and your salvation. May my life be found true to that eternal Word. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Isa. 40:6-8
- Matt. 7:21-27
- 1 Pet. 1:23-25
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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