Two Temples

Saturday, Mar. 11                          

Jesus made it clear that the Temple was his father’s house.  That was a deliberate statement to affirm his divinity, that he was the promised Messiah.  That was like throwing raw meat to hungry lions.  The “Jews” (John’s word for the Jewish leaders) could not tolerate that.  They demanded that Jesus give them proof of his claim.  Jesus gave them a sign, but one that they would not understand—nor did his disciples.  He said that this temple would be destroyed and that he would raise it up in three days.  He was talking about his own body as the temple.  This is an appropriate analogy.  A temple is where people encounter God and worship him.  Christ was that meeting place.  John 14:6.  “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”  Being raised after three days obviously speaks of his resurrection.  That, of course, was lost on the Jews as well as on his own disciples.  He meant it to be hidden at this point because his time (crucifixion) had not yet come.  His statement left them baffled, which was exactly his purpose.  But Jesus had another purpose here.  John 2:22.  “After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said.  Then they believed the Scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.”   This message was for them.

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