It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration….. Passover is next Wednesday April 8th. Picture yourself preparing yourself for the Passover celebration along side of Jesus. So far the Andrew, Peter, Phillip, and Nathaniel have started following Jesus. They had just been to the wedding where Jesus had turned the water into wine. But now He is going to Jerusalem, to the temple, to celebrate the Passover holiday. Read in you bibles what happens next. The words from the ESV bible are posted here from John 2:13-25.
Jesus Cleanses the Temple
13 The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. 15 And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. 16 And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade.” ……….
18 So the Jews said to him, “What sign do you show us for doing these things?” 19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20 The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple,[a] and will you raise it up in three days?” 21 But he was speaking about the temple of his body. 22 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.
This brings us back full circle to topics we have studied so far in this devotion. The first few days of this Lenten challenge we talked about our body being God’s temple and the very special care that we should take of it. And then after weeks of studying the temple, we studied that Jesus spent a lot of time at the temple and now we see Jesus referring to himself as the temple. The temple was constructed so God could preside with his people. But now He is among us, through Jesus Christ, the true temple for worship.
I love when it all comes together. He created this wonderful universe and he will create in you the same beauty that he created then and still does til this day. Even today, amid this tumultuous time, I watched God weave his creativity into my own life, giving me true purpose during these events among covid-19. He created me for a purpose. And every year, every month, and every day, He reveals more and more of his plan. And He will do the same for you. Thank you Heavenly Father. You are so real.