Bible passage: John 4:20-21
Written: During the first century, about 1,900 years ago
In John 4, Jesus has a conversation with a Samaritan woman and informs her that there would come a time when Jerusalem would not serve as the center of worship.
This is revealed in verses 20 and 21 when the woman alludes to a long-standing dispute in which Samaritans tried to claim that a mountain outside of Jerusalem was the center of worship.
Jesus replied, in verse 21: "Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem."
At that point in time, during the century in which Jesus lived, Jerusalem had been the center for Judaic worship for nearly 1000 years, albeit with a notable disruption during the Neo-Babylonian Empire era.
And, soon after the resurrection of Jesus, Jerusalem became the center for Christianity, as well as continuing as the center for Judaism. But, during the century that followed the crucifixion of Jesus, the Romans destroyed the city of Jerusalem twice.
Afterwards, Jerusalem did not function as the center for either Judaism or Christianity for many centuries.
Here is John 4:20-21 (NIV)
20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem."
21 "Woman," Jesus replied, "believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.