Text: Luke 21:5-19
Speaker: Joel Miller
In Luke chapter 21 Jesus and his companions are walking the temple grounds in Jerusalem. The whole complex is an engineering marvel, a feat of mind and muscle. Some are awestruck by its beauty. They comment on the massive stones, dressed and stacked; the attention to detail; the overwhelming sense of power and permanence such structures evoke. Jesus, who was never very good at going with the flow of conversations, interjects: “As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down.”
These startling comments suddenly take center stage. “Teacher,” they ask, “when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place.”
After looking back for the last two weeks – first with All Saints/All Souls remembrance of Anabaptist history, then with Rabbi Jessica Shimberg reflecting in a similar way on Jewish history – invoking memory and lineage and tradition, we seem to be doing a 180. Having been told that the present order will soon collapse, we are suddenly turned toward the future. With the disciples, we want to know the timeline. ...