Alex Enabnit – Programming Coordinator
It’s been a while since we’ve looked at Luke, but this week we’re back into it again! In today’s message we studied Luke 21:5-24 to kick off a new series, “Luke: The End Pt. I”
In this passage Jesus told about the (then) future destruction of the temple in Jerusalem. The disciples ask when these things will happen and what signs will indicate that they are near. Jesus responds with practical advice: Don’t follow the false messiahs that come later, stand firm, and when Jerusalem is surrounded by armies, flee to the mountains. All of these cautions would be necessary before Rome destroyed Jerusalem in 70 A.D.
What can we learn from this passage? First, that if God says it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen! Second, we know that God wants to prepare us for the future; he doesn’t want us to be caught off guard. Finally, God has no need for temples anymore; no building can contain Him now that He lives in everybody who has put their trust in Jesus.
Other verses and quotes from today’s message:
Luke 12:4-5; Ephesians 6:10-13; Matthew 24:13; Matthew 10:22b; Deuteronomy 29:29; Acts 17:24; 1 Corinthians 6:19; Revelation 21:22
“The whole of the outer works of the temple was in the highest degree worthy of admiration; for it was completely covered with gold plates, which when the sun was shining on them, glittered so dazzlingly that they blinded the eyes of the beholders not less than when one gazed at the sun’s rays themselves. And on the other sides, where there was no gold, the blocks of marble were of such a pure white that to strangers who had never previously seen them (from a distance) they looked like a mountain of snow’”