Luke 21:5-6

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The Temple was beautiful. No, it was stunning. No, it was beyond description. The first Temple, built under Solomon, was breathtaking. Destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar, the Jews were heartbroken. They were devastated. They looked at the rubble and wept. But when it was rebuilt, they wept again. The second structure did not even begin to compare to the first.

But then King Herod hit on the idea to link arms with the Jews by bringing beauty back to the Temple. It was to increase his popularity, but God used it to restore. By the time of Christ, the Temple was once again a living testimony of the glory of God.

However…

It would not stand. Jesus knew that about forty years after His crucifixion the building would be burnt by the Romans and dismantled stone by stone to retrieve the gold. Even something that was dedicated to God, that was so treasured, would not stand the test of time.

“Some of his disciples were remarking about how the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and with gifts dedicated to God. But Jesus said, ‘As for what you see here, the time will come when not one stone will be left on another; every one of them will be thrown down.’”

Luke 21:5-6

What is a take-away for us? There is not one thing that falls under the heading of “stuff” that has any true value. It is as lasting as dust. One day it will all crumble into oblivion.

It can be burned or tossed or dismantled or broken. It can be valued today and laughed at tomorrow. It can be a treasured heirloom now, but forgotten by the next generation. “Stuff” only has the value we attach to it and that is about as stable as quicksand.

But what is eternal?

We are. We have been known since before time and then created with an eternal purpose. The length of life has no bearing on our eternal value. It does not matter if we live to be celebrated as very old or if a life is grieved over because it was but a few moments old. The way we count time does not exist in eternity. But what does count is our eternal purpose.

It is okay to have “stuff” but it is not okay to believe it is worth more than it is. In the eternal scheme of things, it is worth nothing. In the eternal scheme of things, people are worth dying for. We know that, because Jesus did.


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