70 A.D.

  My dear friend, Chuck Schumann in Louisville, Kentucky and I have been discussing 70 A.D.  We both are amazed that this subject which is so clear in Scripture is so neglected.  It is written about in all three Gospels:  Mathew chapter 24, Mark chapter 13 and Luke chapter 21.  I would think that the repetition of it would certainly give weight to its importance. The destruction of Jerusalem was very significant to Jesus and so it should be to us.  Yet, when was the last time you heard it discussed or preached. R.C. Sproul in his book, “The Last Days According to Jesus” wrote, “No matter what view of eschatology we embrace, we must take seriously the redemptive-historical importance of Jerusalem’s destruction in 70 A.D.”

  I am fearful that we have not done justice to the worse thing that ever happened to the Jewish people and that is the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. It was the visible end of Judaism. The material temple being destroyed ended animal sacrifices and the end of God’s presence in a building. How devastating this was to the Jewish people.  It was the end of their age.  The signs Jesus gave in those chapters are for the Christian Jews to escape the army of Rome, not for the end of the world or the second coming of Jesus.   Josephus, with Titus and the Roman Army, writes of this historical fact of 70 A.D.

 The destruction of Jerusalem occurred about 40 years after Jesus death and resurrection.  Ten days after Jesus ascended to the right hand of the Father, He sent back to the Apostles the Holy Spirit.  The Spirit that is Holy gave to the Apostles God’s message for the salvation of sinful mankind.  That divine message was the means of creating the Lord’s Church.  Jesus said, to the Apostles, “I will build my Church.”  His Church was to be inclusive of “whosoever will.”  God does not want anyone to be lost.  This was a most difficult lesson for the Jews to understand.  The Apostle Peter had to learn this lesson the hard way.  He had a vision with a net put in front of him with unclean animals in it.  God told him, “Kill and eat.”  Peter refused.  God did this three times.  At the same time, Cornelius, the Gentile, sent for Peter to tell them how to be saved.  What an incredible happening that Jew and Gentile were getting to together and talking with each other.  This was an unheard of thing due to race hatred between them. Peter, guided by God, tells the Gentiles, “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right.”  Acts 10:34-35   The walls of seperation are coming down.  Then, the Apostle Paul is called, following his conversion, to be God’s chosen instrument to carry the name of Jesus to the Gentiles.  God’s love and salvation is poured out to all people.  In Jesus, God makes possible the unity of all people. We are one in Him.

  “You  are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus,  for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.  There is neither  Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female,  for you are all one in Christ Jesus.  If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”  Galatians 3:26-29 

“Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is a new creation.”  Galatians 5:15

You see 70 A.D., the destruction of Jerusalem, was the visible ending of the old and the beginning of the new way of life in Christ for all mankind who will accept Jesus.  Nothing can be more important that that. 

 

 

3 Responses to “70 A.D.”

  1. Thank you so much Max for this Biblical Lesson on this important event in Bible history. I love history and I understand that this is also recorded in the history that
    Josephus wrote about that I would like to read ! So not only is it recorded in the Bible, but is also a part of the history in other books.. God is really blessing you with great inspiration to share with others.. I am so blessed to have my own Bible Teacher living with me !!

  2. Max:
    Thanks for sharing your discussion with yorur friend Chuck from Louisville. Much appreciated. We always enjoy your weekly devotionals.

  3. Thanks Max great job

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