Jesus’ disciples stop Him as He is walking away from the temple. They want to show Him the beauty and permanence of the temple. But, Jesus rhetorically asks, “Do you see all these things?” (Matthew 24:2, NIV)
I imagine the men looking at the buildings, then at each other. The inner dialogue: ‘Didn’t we just point out the temple to Jesus? Didn’t He understand?’ I can see them each giving Jesus that blank stare; that look that communicates, ‘What are you talking about!’
Jesus says, “I tell you the truth.” In other words, I’m not lying to you. “Not one stone here,” He continues, “will be left on another, every one will be thrown down.” (Matthew 24:2)
In other words, Jesus tells them that all that they count on as permanent is going to be destroyed. All they build their lives upon is not worth standing on; not one stone is capable of supporting another. All of the stones of the temple will be thrown down, tossed out, deemed worthless.
The only stone that matters, the only one that lasts forever is the Cornerstone — Jesus Christ.