The disciples were amazed by the grandness and beauty of the temple. They wanted Jesus to look, to be amazed as well. (I chuckle a bit, because Jesus had seen things so much more beautiful and grand than that temple.)
After Jesus left the temple, his disciples came over and said, ‘Look at all these buildings!’ Jesus replied, ‘Do you see these buildings? They will certainly be torn down! Not one stone will be left in place.Matthew 24:1-2 (CEV)
Jesus tells them though, “You see these buildings now, don’t you? Some day they’ll no longer be here. Not a single stone will be left in its place!” And that came true; years later, Titus and the Romans tore the temple down, and tore apart all the stones to get the gold that had melted into the cracks (supposedly; whatever the reason, they did tear the temple apart).
Something I thought about was that we’re so often impressed and awed by the temporal. I mean, it’s good to marvel and to be thrilled by things we experience on earth. But we have to be careful not to let our awe of God be overshadowed by awe of things He’s created or allowed to be created. And we have to keep in mind that one day those things will be gone; God won’t ever be destroyed. 🙂
What’s something that has impressed you or filled you with awe? Give me something physical and spiritual. Like, for the physical thing, you can do a building, something in nature, a talent or job or hobby that someone does that impresses you, etc. The spiritual thing could be an attribute of God, something He’s done for you/showed you, things we have as Christians, etc.
I’ll go first! 🙂 I love waterfalls; something about them just gives me this thrill! I would love to actually go see a (big) waterfall in person.
Lately, I’ve been amazed by God’s love. It seems He’s been opening my eyes to how great His love is, not just for me (which is mind-blowing in itself), but for every other person who has and will ever live. He even loves the people who plotted His death, who mocked and beat Him, who nailed Him to the cross, who have persecuted His children throughout history, who do horrible things… He loves everybody! And I need to love like that; I as a Christian am called to help search for the lost sheep, to pray earnestly for them, to show them who Love is.
Anyway, what do you consider awesome? 🙂
One thing that is awesome to me is God’s omniscience (His knowledge of everything that is going on now, in the past, and for eternity). I can’t even begin to understand it, or even the reasoning of why He would be interested in every lying, thriving, and murdererous sinner on earth.
But that’s the great thing about His perfect character.He knows what we do, and still loves and and calls us to love Him.
Amen! It is unfathomable, that He knows everything–that He wants to know everything–and still loves us.
Thank you for sharing that! 🙂