Daily Devotional Wednesday 15th January 2020

by William Moody

Luke 21:5–19

Jesus Foretells Destruction of the Temple

And while some were speaking of the temple, how it was adorned with noble stones and offerings, he said, “As for these things that you see, the days will come when there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” And they asked him, “Teacher, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when these things are about to take place?” And he said, “See that you are not led astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and, ‘The time is at hand!’ Do not go after them. And when you hear of wars and tumults, do not be terrified, for these things must first take place, but the end will not be at once.”

Jesus Foretells Wars and Persecution

10 Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven. 12 But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name’s sake. 13 This will be your opportunity to bear witness. 14 Settle it therefore in your minds not to meditate beforehand how to answer, 15 for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict. 16 You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers1 and relatives and friends, and some of you they will put to death. 17 You will be hated by all for my name’s sake. 18 But not a hair of your head will perish. 19 By your endurance you will gain your lives.


[1] 21:16 Or parents and brothers and sisters


The Jerusalem temple was an amazing sight and the disciples were very impressed (v5). Jesus though continues to teach how the outward trappings of religion are not the most important thing, for one day they will disappear (v6). Jesus is speaking here of the destruction of the temple which would happen about 40 years later in A.D.70.

Jesus then combines teaching about the destruction of Jerusalem and the end of the world when Jesus would come again.

Jesus warns of how the end times will be marked by false teachers (v8), wars (v9-10), natural signs (v11) and persecution (v12). Jesus speaks of these days, not to frighten His disciples but to assure them that when they happen He will be with them to help them witness (v13-19).

Following Christ will mean facing many difficult days, there is a price to be paid. But in following Christ, we have one walking with us who is in control and who will strengthen His people as they travel to glory. What is crucial in persevering are not the outward trappings of religion, but a heart being daily transformed in a personal relationship with Christ.

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