In 70 AD, the second temple in Jerusalem was destroyed (the first one fell to the Babylonians hundreds of years earlier). The Roman emperor Vespasian dispatched his son Titus take care of another Jewish revolt. Titus laid siege to Jerusalem, and in 70 AD, Jerusalem fell. The historian Josephus estimates over a million people died. He also records, in stunning detail, the chaos and the carnage of the event.
Could there have been a more earth-shaking event for someone who grew up worshipping in the temple?
Jesus prophesies about it in Luke 21. It's not sweet or picturesque; it’s ugly. It’s the essence of panic and destruction and doom.
Yet tucked in, in stark relief to the pain and upheaval? Promises. 'Not a head on your hair will perish.' 'Don’t worry about what to say, I’ll give you the words.' 'You will win life.'
"God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea" - Psalm 46:1,2
Lord Jesus, when life itself seems to crumble from beneath us, steady us with your promises, that we might find comfort in you through all the confusion and turmoil of this life. Amen.