Gaining one’s soul

Luke 21:5-19

Late in Jesus' ministry, the disciples stood with him on Jerusalem's holiest ground and stared at the stunningly beautifuly temple, Herod's masterpiece of appeasement of the Jews.

It was a sight to stir the soul. Though the temple has been gone since 70 a.d., the site still stirs wonder as the foundation stones remind today's pilgrims of the splendor that once was there. Anyone with a sense of history cannot view Mt. Zion and yawn.

But Jesus broke into his disciples' reverie of pious amazement with a real shocker, a blunt, prophetic pronouncement: all the magnificence before their eyes would one day be rubble, he declared. In less than 40 years, the temple would be a smoking ruins.


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