The Resurrected Jesus is the Temple

New JerusalemThis post continues our series on God’s New Testament building.

In John 2:12-22, when the Lord cleansed the physical temple (v. 14-16), the Jews asked, “What sign do you show us, seeing that you do these things?” (v. 18). “Jesus answered and said to them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up” (v. 19).

The Lord showed us that His physical body, which the Jews would “destroy” by crucifixion and He would “raise up” in resurrection*, was the replacement for the Old Testament temple. Furthermore, He told us that He is greater than the old temple (Matthew 12:6).

Jesus is the New Testament temple! He was such at the time recorded in John 2, He is such in resurrection, and Revelation 21:22 says concerning New Jerusalem, “the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.”

In Mark 13:1-2 the disciples declared that the old temple had wonderful stones and wonderful buildings. The Lord’s answer to them was “There shall by no means be left here a stone upon a stone which shall not be thrown down.”

Which would we choose? A beautiful physical building that can be destroyed by tornado or earthquake or war? Or the living temple who is the resurrected Lord? May we each testify, I choose the living Person.

__Death cannot hold the resurrection life,
____The life of God eternal manifest;
__’Tis uncreated, indestructible,
____’Tis Christ Himself, unconqu’rable, expressed.
____complete words__music

Photo courtesy of U.S. National Park Service.

*Regarding the Lord as a man, the New Testament tells us that God raised Him from the dead (Rom. 8:11); considering Him as God, it tells us that He Himself rose from the dead (1 Thes. 4:14 [and John 2:19]). This proves His dual status — human and divine. (Recovery Version NT, © LSM, part of Acts 2:24, footnote 1)

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