We are reminded daily that nothing will last forever. Time will take its toll on the very best of design, material, and craftsmanship. Natural disasters, accidents and sometimes intentional actions bring about heart wrenching, sudden changes that interrupt and forever alter the normal. We are all witness to that this week as unthinkable news rolled in from Paris.
Certain places have special meaning to all of us. Preserving precious memories is very important. Losing something dear to us can bring great distress and sadness. Whether a structure known to people worldwide or an old family home place valued by a few, being unable to sustain and save is troubling.
Places of worship have possibly been the most revered and sacred spots throughout history. Whether churches, tabernacles, synagogues, temples, or tents of meeting, those who gather are typically attached, protective and sentimental at the very least.
Such was the case for those who worshipped in the Temple in Jerusalem in Jesus’ time. Rebuilding of the Temple had begun a number of years before His birth and by the time of His public ministry it was well established and very important to those who came there on a regular basis. When Jesus predicted the destruction of the Temple and also stated He could build it back in 3 days it infuriated many religious leaders. It had taken years to build this magnificent structure. It was a very special place to so many. How dare Him make such a statement. Of course many people, as well as the religious leaders failed to understand he was referring to His own body and predicting His death and resurrection three days later.
It was on the Friday morning that we call “Good Friday” that in a mock trial, Jesus earlier statement about the Temple would be misunderstood and also twisted and used as false testimony against Him. An innocent Jesus was crucified later that day, but just as He had promised, on the third day He rose from the dead ! And less than 40 years after His resurrection, the Temple as well as Jerusalem suffered complete destruction in A.D. 70. Jesus cannot be destroyed and He never changes. This fact is why we share Hebrews 13:8 at the end of all Simple + Southern Sunday posts. The Friday that changed the world is definitely a Friday to remember.
“And they brought him to the place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull). And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. And they crucified him and divided his garments among them, casting lots for them, to decide what each should take. And it was the third hour when they crucified him. And the inscription of the charge against him read, “The King of the Jews.” And with him they crucified two robbers, one on his right and one on his left.”
I am not a historian but I find it interesting that possibly the 2 oldest churches in the world were established to mark the place of Jesus birth and the place of His death and resurrection. Whether these spots are the exact locations is debatable but no doubt both are very near the actual birthplace in Bethlehem and Golgotha, “the place of the skull” in Jerusalem.
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