Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. “Do you see all these things?” he asked. “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”
Matthew 24: 1 – 3
‘April Fools!’ Or at least that’s what Jesus’s disciples were probably hoping he would say. Jesus’s prophecy was an ominous one: the temple, that most important of places, will one day be torn down! It would be much better if it were just a joke.
But Jesus wasn’t joking. Eventually the temple would be torn down, in 66AD by the Romans. It was a tragic event that has had huge repercussions. But thankfully even without the Temple we are able to communicate with God. By the end of Easter Week Jesus will have torn down the barrier that made the brick-and-mortar temple necessary. From then on God would be making a temple in our hearts.
Today is Maundy Thursday when we remember the Last Supper. Every time we take communion we remember and celebrate what Jesus did. We can commune with God with no need for temples or barriers because of what he did for us.
Prayer: Loving God, thank you that you are with me wherever I go. You have made a home in my heart and so you are with me always. Every time I take bread and drink wine, I will be grateful for all Jesus has done for us.
Action: Before each meal today say a prayer of gratitude, safe in the knowledge that God is with you.