November 14, 2010
In our text today, Peter, James and John ask three questions: 1) When will the temple be destroyed? 2) What will be the sign of His coming? 3) What will be the end of the age? Our Lord’s reply is what we today call “The Olivet Discourse” and is expanded in
Shakespeare said, “There are sermons in stones,” and rightly so, for our Lord used such common place things as a little boy’s lunch and a farmer’s seed to teach the deep truths of His Word. As believers, we always should be sensitive to the world around us because God is constantly giving everyday opportunities to share His love. To see the windows of opportunity we must:
I. Deal with the Fact of Tradition
In biblical times, three temples were built on the same site: Solomon’s, Zerubbabel’s and Herod’s. Solomon built the temple on the east side of Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, “where the Lord had appeared to his father David, at the place that David had prepared on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite” (
The temple took 46 years to complete, and even then more work was done until 64 A.D., six years before its destruction by the Romans. It was a splendid sight, built of white marble and covered with heavy plates of gold in front rising high above its marble, cloistered courts.
Yet the beauty of the building couldn’t hide the hatred and hypocrisy within the hearts of those inside. This is made evident in
II. Deal with the Fear of Destruction
III. Listen to the Prophecy
There must be faith in the Word of our Lord. The disciples asked when these things would occur, not if they would occur. They asked what to expect and didn’t debate with Jesus about why there should be exceptions or exemptions.
IV. Have Faith in the Midst of Opposition
Jesus then explained more concerning this desperate time in