Thursday, March 5, 2015

John 2:13-22 Jesus Cleansing the Temple

KEY VERSE: John 2:21-22 But he was speaking about the temple of his body. When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.
Jesus made a strange connection when he said, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” He connected the temple at Jerusalem with “my Father’s house” and then with his own body. The temple in the OT is the place where the Father’s glory was revealed to Israel and through whom the Father spoke to Israel through the high priest. Jesus was mixing the metaphors: the temple, Father’s house, and Jesus’ body. But the common thread is the dwelling place of God. Whether temple, house of God or Jesus’ body, the glory of God dwells within: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” And now, we have one more metaphor: the church as the Body of Christ. And the same truth prevails—the church is the house of God, the temple of the Holy Spirit and the dwelling place of God.

I must yearn and pray for the manifestation of God’s glory whenever the people of God gathers—whether as a CG, a fellowship or as a Sunday congregation. It’s not the programs that make the difference but the GLORY of God. We can have wonderful programs, but without the glory of God, we might just be like the traders—offering religious services instead of the the PRESENCE of God to to those who come to seek God.

Father, what a glorious place the Body of Christ is! It’s the House of God, the Temple of the Holy Spirit, the Dwelling Place of God! Amen.

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