Jesus and His disciples were walking in Jerusalem and the disciples were commenting on the beauty of the temple.  Jesus takes the opportunity to talk about the end times.  According to one commentator, Luke 21:5-38 can be divided into two sections (Black, The College Press NIV Commentary, 1996).  The first section is about the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans (Luke 21:5-24) and the second section is about Jesus’ Second Coming (Luke 21:25-38).  In the first part of the first section, we see that Jesus is less than impressed when it comes to the beauty of the temple.  He knew what was going to happen to it when the Romans conquered Jerusalem in 70 AD.  The city of Jerusalem would be a sign of punishment for the rejection of the Messiah.  Jesus gives them signs of when Jerusalem and the temple would be destroyed.
God’s punishment is real.  Just as Jerusalem was destroyed for rejecting Jesus as the Messiah, so too will those who reject Him now be punished.  They will be punished for all of eternity in the fires of hell.  I believe that this makes our job as Christians so important!  We must tell people about Jesus Christ and His love!  People need the Lord in their lives.  They need to experience His love and peace and joy.  They need His forgiveness and grace.  If we won’t tell them, who will?  We must resolve ourselves to sharing and spreading the Good News of the Gospel with all who will listen and accept Christ’s offer of salvation before it is too late.

Luke 21:5-11 (NIV)

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.”

“Teacher,” they asked, “when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?”

He replied: “Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them. When you hear of wars and uprisings, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away.”

10 Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.11 There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.


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