“Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings.” Matthew 24:1 (NIV)
A sobering thought: ‘Jesus left the Temple.’
What hidden meaning there is in these four words!
Jesus was leaving the Temple for the last time.
The religious system was unwilling to submit and honour Him and and Jesus the Lord of Glory, was walking away from them.
This place was now forsaken, and to be utterly ruined.
By Jesus walking away, it signified the departure of the Presence of God.
Just prior to this Jesus declares His judgement upon them, and says:
“..how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing. Look your house is left to you desolate.” (Matthew 23)
They were not open to what God had said in His Word, the Scriptures, neither were they open to what Jesus Christ was saying to them.
They were unwilling to yield to the Lord, they were stubborn, and proud.
They thought the Lord God, was their God. But in fact, they were rejecting Him, to go after gods of their own making.
Israel is described as forsaking God to go after idols, and so because of this the Lord says:
“Woe to them when I turn away from them!” (Hosea 9)
And that is what is happening here. Jesus leaves the Temple.
Just a few decades after Christ′s death and resurrection, tremendous misery and affliction descended upon Israel, because of their stubbornness.
They were not willing to submit to the Lord.
We may be very familiar with the concept of someone turning away from God, but what an awful thought of God turning away from someone who refuses to submit and honour Him.
David, the king of Israel, knew how unbearable it would be if God departed from him. So after David had committed murder and adultery, and he was asking God to forgive him, he pleaded:
“Do not cast me from Your Presence, or take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation.”
Now we have got nothing to fear, if we run to Jesus Christ our Saviour for help. For Jesus said:
“..whoever comes to Me, I will never drive away.” (John 6:37)
Whoever pushes God aside will have to answer for that, but whoever turns to Him, He will never drive them away, He will accept them throughout eternity.