Blessed… The Prophetic Voice of Jesus

Now Jesus left the temple and was going away. His disciples came to point out to him the temple buildings. He responded, “Do you see all these things? I assure that no stone will be left on another. Everything will be demolished” (Matthew 24:1-2, Common English Bible).

I always have found it interesting when following worship on a Sunday morning someone comes up to me and says something to the effect of, “Your sermon went perfectly with our lesson in Sunday school this morning.” I always assure the person telling me this it wasn’t planned that way. Their Sunday school teacher and I did not sit down and talk about this and plan it out together. Even in the Sunday school class I teach it is interesting how often my lesson and my sermon have parallels. I don’t plan it that way but the discussion carries the lesson that way.

I attend a Bible study at the church where I am the pastor I do not teach. One of the lay women in the congregation and a fellow spiritual blogger teaches this class. We are currently studying Deuteronomy 19. As a part of our discussion Monday night we talked about Jesus as a prophet. Without question, Jesus has a prophetic voice but to give him only the title of prophet limits who Jesus is in our lives and in the world.

Now two days later we are seeing Jesus’ prophetic voice in our lesson today. Jesus says, “Do you see all these things? I assure that no stone will be left on another. Everything will be demolished” Jesus is speaking of the temple. Some 40 years later, circa 70 AD, it happened. Jerusalem and the temple were destroyed.

Four years earlier, in 66 AD a group of Jews rose in rebellion and pushed the Romans out of Jerusalem. In 70 AD the Emperor Titus lead Roman forces to lay siege to the city of Jerusalem. On August 30th the city fell and Jerusalem was sacked and the temple destroyed.

This seems the obvious answer for the prophecies Jesus laid out before the disciples as they left Jerusalem and the temple behind. I, however, can’t help but wonder if there is something more to this than visions of a destroyed building, no matter what building it might be.

Such things don’t seem that important to Jesus as he lives out his three-year ministry. Jesus is always far more interested in the spiritual realm than in the physical realm. Jesus is far less worried about the temporal world than what goes on inside each of us.

Without question, we see the prophecy fulfilled at least in part. I would argue, however, that the prophecy Jesus makes here is not completely fulfilled. Could it be that Jesus sees the destruction inside many of us? Truly I don’t have an answer for this. I am asking questions and seeking answers just as anyone might be apt to do.

I can’t help but think, perhaps the greatest part of this prophecy might be a call for us to look inside ourselves to investigate the condition of the temple inside of us. Perhaps we need to shore its walls before it is too late.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy and Thanksgiving,
Keith

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

 

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I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

One thought on “Blessed… The Prophetic Voice of Jesus

  1. My comment is to thank you for what you wrote on your webside,we are living in the last days , therefore we must carefull with falls teachinfs .please i want to partiner with you in christ. Am a christian and also born again. God bless you.

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