About a year ago, I mentioned in a blog post about an upcoming IMAX film entitled Jerusalem. About two weeks ago, the movie was finally released and can be seen in selected theaters across the United States. (Unfortunately, I have not seen it yet. But, I hope to as soon as I can.) Earlier tonight, I was able to see some still pictures from the film. Many of them are breathtaking.
In particular, I was struck by a computer animated drawing of Jerusalem from the First Century. I have included this picture at the top of this post. When I saw the picture, I was reminded of a statement that Jesus' disciples said to Him while they were walking through Jerusalem.
And as he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!” 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.” - Mark 13:1-2
Of course, we don't know exactly what Jerusalem looked like in the First Century, but this drawing is probably a pretty good representation. The Temple Mount area dominated the skyline. No doubt, it was a matter of pride to many of the citizens of Jerusalem. Hence, the comment from the disciples.
Interestingly, Jesus responds by telling them that there will come a time in which the Temple will be destroyed. And, of course, that happened when the Romans destroyed the city in 70AD. Even today, as you are walking around the Temple Mount area, you can seen remnants of this destruction that was foretold by Jesus.
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