The temple that King Harod built was massive and impressive. It was thought to be indestructible. So when Jesus told Peter, James, John, and Andrew that not one stone would be left on another, it would’ve been hard for them to imagine that. He would later get a bigger reaction when He referenced destroying the temple.
As churches I think we too sometimes view our buildings this way. The building is a wonderful place to gather for worhsip, to feed people, to teach people… For some they dream of a new, bigger, better building. Yet in any case it is just a building, something physical.
The heart and soul of the church is the people that make up that body of Christ and what they do for Christ. A congregation of 1,000 can be dead and one of 20 can be on fire for Christ. Size does not matter. What does is a body’s willingness to go where Christ leads, to engage and minister to who He brings to that body called the church.
Frederick Buechner once suggested we do away with buildings, bulletins, and budgets. He thought all that would be left was Jesus and the people. It is an interesting thought and he well may be right. But we do need a place to call home and a place to minister FROM as we go out into the world. Plus we must always remember whose house it is!
Scripture reference: Mark 13: 1-8