As he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings!” Then Jesus asked him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.” (Mark 13:1 – 2)

Too big to fail. We think that if something is big enough, it will endure. Or if someone is powerful enough, they will last through decades. It is not so beloved reader. Time moves on, and leaves most things and people behind. I find a sort of comfort in that. It is also said that what is posted on the internet will last. But a read an article recently about how to delete “your footprint” on the internet, so perhaps that is not true either.

It took me some time to learn (and to have the courage) to post things on the internet. Now I do it multiple times in a week, multiple times in a month, and have been posting for years now. I have always supposed that it would endure – but maybe not. The things that endure the best, beloved reader, are those things that are written in the human heart and soul. Faith, beloved reader, endures.

“When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately, “Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign that all these things are about to be accomplished?” Then Jesus began to say to them, “Beware that no one leads you astray. Many will come in my name and say, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray. When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed; this must take place, but the end is still to come. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. This is but the beginning of the birthpangs.” (Verses 3 – 8)

I guess, to the disciples, buildings and large stones toppling over sound like the end of civilization as they knew it. And in a way, they were right. Not the end of humanity, but the end of their way of life. That is true of faith too. When you incorporate the Christian faith into your life, it changes your life. May be not ending it utterly, but changing it and going in a different direction. To the disciples, the end of the temple/synagogue must have seemed so unimaginable. And yet, beloved reader, when Jesus was revealed as the Son of God and as the Messiah, raised from the dead – for the disciples the temple/synagogue did not “loom as big” as it had.

You have heard of mega-churches? Congregations that number up to, and maybe beyond, a thousand? How could a small group of believers that were the apostles lead to such a large church? And yet those large churches failed also.

My point amongst this rambling is that each unit of faith is made up of generations of believers. But each unit, each believer, is as important as any other. Do not be fooled by size – not size of church buildings, religious edifices, size of congregations nor the power of any individual or group. When the disciples asked, Jesus talked about end times. But here we are, light years away from then, and Christian faith is still a part of humanity. Changed, yes. Adapted, yes. Gone astray, most definitely yes. Come back to its roots, most assuredly yes. The “big stones” and “big buildings” have toppled over many times. Some to be built back up, and some forever remaining rubble. Look to what endures, beloved reader. And have faith in that. Shalom & Selah!