Mark Has Some Good News, Part 57, Can't See The Savior For The Stones
Jesus Foretells Destruction of the Temple
1 And as he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, "Look, Teacher, what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!" 2 And Jesus said to him, "Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down."
They must not have understood Jesus. In these last days when the religious would seek his life Jesus was not about to hide himself from what he came to do. And while devoted enough to follow Jesus away from jobs and family the disciples seem to only understand after the resurrection what Jesus death really meant.
And Jesus being the best kind of teacher gives them the answer to their ignorance’s questions. When they stopped to marvel at a man build temple Jesus reminds them that this isn't what God wants for them.
A big building isn't God end game for atonement of sin or a relationship with his people. He doesn't want to hide behind a curtain in the holy of holies and remain apart from his creation.
God came to us like us for us. Jesus wanted them not to marvel at the masonry but to marvel at his father’s love. To see what was about to happen in his death and resurrection. It's not like he hasn't told them, but rocks were more important.
As a Christian I hope I never miss the point that Jesus makes in our reality. That everything is about him. That our lives are for his glory. That our compliments are for his glory. That he is our glory in our salvation.