Do you see all these things?” he asked. “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another…”

 

Matthew 24:2

 

Beloved of God:

 

No Christian should rush into reading the book of Revelation, without first stopping by Matthew 24 and 25.  For it is here that Jesus teaches, in the simplest terms possible, what it means to live as a citizen of God’s Kingdom in the last days and times; and, more importantly, what there is for us to know and do concerning the second coming of the King. 

 

The entire lesson is prompted by a discussion that takes place between Jesus and the disciples as Jesus is leaving the Jerusalem Temple during the Passover Festival.  The disciples were country boys and would have been impressed by the majestic architecture to be found within the city of Jerusalem, particularly the buildings within the temple compound.  So, upon seeing the temple, Matthew says that they came up to Jesus like kids calling to their parents during a first visit to Disneyland, pointing out to Him its magnificent buildings.  Jesus, however, is less impressed.  “Do you see all these things?” He asked them. “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another, every one will be thrown down” (Matthew 24:2).

 

There is a lesson here for us.  We get so impressed with what we have built, accomplished and accumulated in this life.  But Jesus warns us, don’t be too impressed, too quickly.  The “things” of this world, are passing away, and all that is in it.   “Not one stone here will be left on another, every one will be thrown down.” Or, as the song writer put it:

You may build great cathedrals large or small,

You can build skyscrapers grand and tall,

You may conquer all the failures of the past,

But only what you do for Christ will last.

 

In Him,

 

Pastor Maxwell

 

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