Blessed… The Prophetic Voice of Jesus

Now Jesus left the temple and was going away. His disciples came to point out to him the temple buildings. He responded, “Do you see all these things? I assure that no stone will be left on another. Everything will be demolished” (Matthew 24:1-2, Common English Bible).

I always have found it interesting when following worship on a Sunday morning someone comes up to me and says something to the effect of, “Your sermon went perfectly with our lesson in Sunday school this morning.” I always assure the person telling me this it wasn’t planned that way. Their Sunday school teacher and I did not sit down and talk about this and plan it out together. Even in the Sunday school class I teach it is interesting how often my lesson and my sermon have parallels. I don’t plan it that way but the discussion carries the lesson that way.

I attend a Bible study at the church where I am the pastor I do not teach. One of the lay women in the congregation and a fellow spiritual blogger teaches this class. We are currently studying Deuteronomy 19. As a part of our discussion Monday night we talked about Jesus as a prophet. Without question, Jesus has a prophetic voice but to give him only the title of prophet limits who Jesus is in our lives and in the world.

Now two days later we are seeing Jesus’ prophetic voice in our lesson today. Jesus says, “Do you see all these things? I assure that no stone will be left on another. Everything will be demolished” Jesus is speaking of the temple. Some 40 years later, circa 70 AD, it happened. Jerusalem and the temple were destroyed.

Four years earlier, in 66 AD a group of Jews rose in rebellion and pushed the Romans out of Jerusalem. In 70 AD the Emperor Titus lead Roman forces to lay siege to the city of Jerusalem. On August 30th the city fell and Jerusalem was sacked and the temple destroyed.

This seems the obvious answer for the prophecies Jesus laid out before the disciples as they left Jerusalem and the temple behind. I, however, can’t help but wonder if there is something more to this than visions of a destroyed building, no matter what building it might be.

Such things don’t seem that important to Jesus as he lives out his three-year ministry. Jesus is always far more interested in the spiritual realm than in the physical realm. Jesus is far less worried about the temporal world than what goes on inside each of us.

Without question, we see the prophecy fulfilled at least in part. I would argue, however, that the prophecy Jesus makes here is not completely fulfilled. Could it be that Jesus sees the destruction inside many of us? Truly I don’t have an answer for this. I am asking questions and seeking answers just as anyone might be apt to do.

I can’t help but think, perhaps the greatest part of this prophecy might be a call for us to look inside ourselves to investigate the condition of the temple inside of us. Perhaps we need to shore its walls before it is too late.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy and Thanksgiving,

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved



Spirita Spiro (Esperanza for "Spirit's Breath) is rather new in my life. But the blog is not. I began writing a blog several years ago. It lived under the title, "The Pastor Ponders." Over the years I have tried several different names and "The Pastor Ponders" always seemed to fit best. I am trying again with Spirita Spiro. For 27 years I was a full-time pastor in the United Methodist Church. This year, August 2018, I semi-retired (I can't actually retire quite yet) and began teaching social studies. It is something I have always wanted to do and if I was going to do this, I needed to make it sooner rather than later. So, I made the move. I thought with the career change there also needed to be a name change to the blog and other things, such as spiritual direction. Spirita Spiro is my attempt to share some of my thoughts. I often share what I am thinking with my dog "Bishop," but he keeps his thoughts to himself. He will even go to sleep sometimes while I am sharing my thoughts with him. The truth is, if it doesn't involve getting his ears scratched, his belly rubbed or some kind of treat, he really doesn't care. I will say this for him, he never argues with me or tells me I am wrong. So, I decided to share some of my thoughts with whoever might come across this blog in their ramblings around the Internet. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 27 years as a full-time United Methodist pastor. Most recently I served as pastor of First United Methodist Church in Sweeny, Texas. I have also served United Methodist congregations throughout East Texas including rural Madison County (Elwood UMC), Lovelady (First UMC) and Kennard (Center Hill UMC), Canton (First UMC), rural Smith County (Mt. Sylvan UMC and Union Chapel UMC), Grapeland (First UMC), Tyler (Pleasant Retreat UMC), Santa Fe (Aldersgate UMC), Freeport (First UMC) and Oyster Creek (Oyster Creek UMC), Diboll (First UMC), and now Sweeny (First UMC). My wife Cindy and I have been married for over 40 years. We have two grown sons. Wayne and his wife Nikki and all our grandsons (Kaleb, Noah, and Jaxon) live in Southern California. Christopher and his wife Morgan and both our granddaughters (Jenna and Natalie) live in Tyler Texas. I enjoy preaching and all aspects of preaching from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading, playing the guitar as well as a bit of drawing. I have spent quite a bit of time over the past two years working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I sing bass with a local barbershop chorus called The Coastalaires. I have also recently begun doing a little wood carving. I also enjoy playing with Bishop, something he likes a great deal better than listening to my thoughts. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, specializing in Microcomputers from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. When I was a student at Carolina, the school was in Iron Station North Carolina. They have since relocated to Manassas Virginia (Yeah, go figure, a school named Carolina geographically in Virginia). This blog is mostly devotional writing, but there are other things here too. Just about every week I will either post my sermon manuscript or a video of the worship service. On occasion, I will post something I see in society. Occasionally I write a short story, a poem, or a song and will post it here too. I will say this, my motivations for writing this blog are really selfish. I write it to get what I am thinking out of my head and onto something a bit more permanent. They say, after all, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. And, should you desire, you can one-up Bishop and actually tell me what you think. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. With Joy and Thankfulness, Keith Sweeny, Texas May 2018

One thought on “Blessed… The Prophetic Voice of Jesus

  1. My comment is to thank you for what you wrote on your webside,we are living in the last days , therefore we must carefull with falls teachinfs .please i want to partiner with you in christ. Am a christian and also born again. God bless you.

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