Mark 13:1-37 And as he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!” And Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.”
Jesus didn’t say He didn’t like the buildings.
Jesus didn’t say it was a waste they had ever been built.
Jesus didn’t say it was wrong to build them.
He just said that one day they would be gone.
The rest of the chapter talks about the coming times, the persecution of Christians, the end times, and finally the admonishment to “Stay Awake” in expectation of the day we’re called to judgement. How did Jesus get from “look at the pretty buildings” to “stay awake?” Because He knows our hearts. We can get so wrapped up in our hobbies and projects – even ones that we’re doing “for God” – that we pay more attention to OUR kingdom than to His kingdom.
The lesson of Mark 13 is encapsulated in Christ’s admonishment in verses 28-31 to be aware of the what’s going on in the world, just as we’re aware of the seasons, and to know His Word – which will not pass away.
Are you spending as much time studying His Word as you are with the pretty buildings?