“Then as He went out of the temple, one of His disciples said to Him, ‘Teacher, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here!'”
– Mark 13:1
The unnamed disciple looked at the Temple in Jerusalem in awe. We read that at the time of Jesus’ ministry, the Temple was one of the most impressive structures in the world. It was built with massive stones, and some adorned with gold. When viewed, it was sure to take anyone’s breath away. Even today, we have amazing structures in this world that we stand in awe of. God has certainly given the human race incredible gifts and talents to design and form structures that seem to defy logic.
As in Ezekiel’s vision of the Shekinah glory departing, the blessing and glory of God were going to be removed from Israel here. God’s Shekinah left before and stood on the Mount of Olives, and it departed here when Jesus walked out of the Temple, following the same route. The chief cornerstone, Jesus Christ, was walking with the disciple, yet it was the man-made structure that captivated him. With all the grandeur of the Temple, however, it was just a building without the glory of God.
We can stand in amazement today at what people have created. To many, the fact that you can share information almost instantaneously with people across the world from a phone keeps us in awe. We no longer stand astonished looking up at buildings but sit with our heads down buried in technology and information. Many things in this world compete for our attention, and we can be easily distracted. As Christians, may we not stand in awe of what is made by man and miss our Savior who wants to walk and talk with us. May His glory not be removed from us, His current Temple!
“Do you not know that you are the Temple of God, and the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the Temple of God is holy, which temple you are.”
– 1 Corinthians 3:16-17