1 As Jesus was leaving the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!”
2 “Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus. “Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”
3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John and Andrew asked him privately,
4 “Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are all about to be fulfilled?”
5 Jesus said to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you. Mark 13:1-5
I love a wedding. When I get a card in the mail announcing the impending nuptials with the date inscribed in a fanciful way, it goes on my calendar and I start to look forward to the wedding. I wonder—what will the bridesmaids wear? Who is in the wedding? What flavor cake will be served? I will start to pray about the weather on that day—and for the joy in this marriage.
I can’t resist starting to prepare for this event—for this couple and their family!
As I read chapter 13 in Mark, I think Peter, James, John and Andrew were expecting a “Save the Date” card from Jesus—and probably a special seat to view the events.
About 15 years before Jesus was born (20 B.C.) Herod the Great began to remodel and rebuild the Temple, which had stood for nearly 500 years since the days of Ezra. Herod mad the Temple one of the most beautiful buildings in Jerusalem, not to honor God, but to appease the Jews whom he ruled. The magnificent building project was not completely finished until A.D. 64. Jesus’ prophecy that not one stone would be left on another was fulfilled in A.D. 70 when the Romans completely destroyed the Temple and the entire city of Jerusalem.
Do we expect a “Blast” from heaven to reveal His coming? Are we ready? Jesus says we must be prepared and know the signs. He also confirms that the Good News is to be preached to every nation. (13:10)
Am I, like the four disciples, waiting on a
“Save the Date” invitation?
“Watch out, I have warned you.” (13:23) So much for cake.