There is so much information in today’s reading in Luke. The important things, and often overlooked, is the information Jesus gives about the future of Jerusalem in chapter 21. Some information that is interesting to me comes from Jesus’ comments in verses 5 and 6, 5 Some of his disciples were remarking about how the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and with gifts dedicated to God. But Jesus said, 6 “As for what you see here, the time will come when not one stone will be left on another; every one of them will be thrown down.” The temple the disciples are talking about is not the original temple built by Solomon. That temple was destroyed by the Babylonians in the seventh century B.C. This temple was built by Ezra in the sixth century. The temple was desecrated by the Seleucid Empire in the second century A.D., then reconsecrated soon after by the Maccabees. Herod the Great expanded the temple over a 46 year period into a beautiful structure. As Jesus said, the temple was destroyed in 70 A.D. by the Roman army in the Siege of Jerusalem. While the history is fascinating to me, the importance of it shows Jesus’ ability to speak with authority about the future. Jesus did this on several occasions and shows us the information He shared with us is accurate and can be trusted.