Luke 21:32-33 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
Jesus' disciples had been marveling at the size of the stones that were used to beuild the temple. they had looked at the splendor of Jerusalem and wondered at the scope of human achievement, and then Jesus spoke up" "The time will come when not one stone will be left on another; every one of them will be thrown down." (Luke 21:6).
Anyone today who has had the chance to see the size of the stones used to build the temple mount can easily understand the surprise expressed by the disciples. Even with modern weaponry, the destruction of such massive structures is hard to wrap your mind around! But Jesus reminded his disciples that within their lifetimes they would see such destruction, and indeed, they did when the Romans leveled Jerusalem just a few decades later in A.D. 70.
It's easy to find trust and confidence in the seemingly unshakable pillars of life and society that God blesses us with, whether it's a seemingly indestructible structure, an presumably invincible military, outwardly perfect health, or a presumably loyal friend. But eventually structures crumble, politics change, disease strikes, friends disappear, and a life built on confidence in such temporal things falls into shambles.
Jesus gives us confidence through a new perspective. Amidst the tumult sin brings into the world, there remains one place where God's people can turn to find confidence - the words and promises of God. The entire world may fall into mayhem and chaos, but the promises of God will never pass away. No matter how string the powers of this world might think they are, they are pawns in the hands of the almighty God. No matter how many accusations he lets fly, Satan cannot undo the forgiveness Jesus won for us on the cross. No matter how hard they might try, the forces of evil cannot prevent Jesus from returning in glory to take his people home. God's people can find lasting confidence in the person and work and words and promises of Jesus.
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