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A Sermon on Matthew 24:1-2

Jesus Foretells Destruction of the Temple

Jesus left the temple and was going away, when his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple. But he answered them, “You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” (ESV)

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What is the meaning of life? If we look at history and compare it with today, it seems that humanity has been going in circles. Wars continue to abound, evil men are in charge of the nations, crime abounds, and it seems that hope is hard to come by. What do you put your hope in? Many put their hope in modern man and the achievements we have accomplished in the technological revolution. We have made bigger strides in medicine and technology in the past 100 years than we have in the combined human history. Yet in this sermon on Matthew 24:1-2, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones examines how Jesus shows His disciples that nothing on this earth will last. Jesus correctly prophesied the destruction of the Jewish temple, an architectural feat in itself, to show us that the only lasting hope that man can have is Jesus Himself. Dr. Lloyd-Jones reminds us that although we have had technological innovations, the basic problems of humanity still plague us. Listeners will learn of the hope that Jesus promises to be, that our sins can be forgiven through faith in Him and we can be granted a life that outlasts this very earth. 


Additional Scripture Translations

Matthew 24:1-2, New American Standard Bible

Signs of Christ’s Return

1Jesus left the temple area and was going on His way when His disciples came up to point out the temple buildings to Him. 2But He responded and said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, not one stone here will be left upon another, which will not be torn down.”

Matthew 24:1-2, King James Version

1And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. 2And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.


About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.