You’re impressed by this grandiose architecture?
Admittedly, I do find myself impressed by the architecture, and while that is not a sin in and of itself, Jesus points us to its temporal nature. In times of wars and rumors of wars, many people will be deceived. I pray that I am prepared against being one of them.
1 As he walked away from the Temple, one of his disciples said, “Teacher, look at that stonework! Those buildings!” 2 Jesus said, “You’re impressed by this grandiose architecture? There’s not a stone in the whole works that is not going to end up in a heap of rubble.” 3 Later, as he was sitting on Mount Olives in full view of the Temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew got him off by himself and asked, 4 “Tell us, when is this going to happen? What sign will we get that things are coming to a head?” 5 Jesus began, “Watch out for doomsday deceivers. 6 Many leaders are going to show up with forged identities claiming, ‘I’m the One.’ They will deceive a lot of people. 7 When you hear of wars and rumored wars, keep your head and don’t panic. This is routine history, and no sign of the end. 8 Nation will fight nation and ruler fight ruler, over and over. Earthquakes will occur in various places. There will be famines. But these things are nothing compared to what’s coming. 9 “And watch out! They’re going to drag you into court. And then it will go from bad to worse, dog-eat-dog, everyone at your throat because you carry my name. You’re placed there as sentinels to truth. 10 The Message has to be preached all across the world. 11 “When they bring you, betrayed, into court, don’t worry about what you’ll say. When the time comes, say what’s on your heart—the Holy Spirit will make his witness in and through you. 12 “It’s going to be brother killing brother, father killing child, children killing parents.
MARK 13 - THE MESSAGE