“Do you see all these great buildings? Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.” (Mark. 13:2)
I close my eyes, only for a moment and the moments gone.
In Jesus’ day, the great temple of Israel was a marvel to His disciples, nearly twice the size of Solomon’s magnificent temple due to Herod’s ongoing expansion.
The Jews of that time felt certain the temple would last forever. Yet about 35 years after Jesus made that statement, the temple was indeed destroyed, on order of Titus. It was later plowed under by Turnus Rufus – no stone was left on another.
All we do, crumbles to the ground, though we refuse to see.
We marvel at the wonders of our day – architecture, human intellect and achievement, government and nature. But all things are temporary. As we pass, so do all things.
The era in which you were born, what you witness in your lifetime, and your own achievements, are all bound to one day be forgotten.
Is this reason to mourn? No. The passing of one thing opens the door to a new thing. It is said that with Jesus’ departure from the temple also went the Spirit of God. Jesus had condemned the corruption of the Pharisees – He described them as a “brood of vipers” (Matt. 23:33).
So where did the Spirit go? In Romans 5:5, the Apostle Paul tells us: “…God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.”
All our monuments may be “a drop of water in an endless sea”, and “crumble to the ground”, but God’s Spirit in you will remain forever.