A prophecy proclaimed isn’t believed or even confirmed until it comes to fruition and life. Jesus’ chosen disciples knew enough scripture from their growing up days studying at the synagogue to realize that those words they read were coming to life right in front of them!
“Then his disciples remembered this prophecy from the Scriptures: “Passion for God’s house will consume me.”
Jesus is The Word. We refer back to the beginning of John’s gospel. The Word became flesh, fulfilling all the prophecies that the Scriptures had taught God’s people because the prophecies were about Him! The disciples could SEE it. The religious elite did not. Both were God’s own. Those who should have known best were blind to Who Jesus was. Jesus–The Word made flesh, speaking for God, who was God in the flesh fulfilled all that was said…from the beginning.
We remember this as we read our next passage….
John – God Speaks!
John 2, New Living Translation
Jesus Clears the Temple
13 It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration, so Jesus went to Jerusalem. 14 In the Temple area he saw merchants selling cattle, sheep, and doves for sacrifices; he also saw dealers at tables exchanging foreign money. 15 Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple. He drove out the sheep and cattle, scattered the money changers’ coins over the floor, and turned over their tables. 16 Then, going over to the people who sold doves, he told them, “Get these things out of here. Stop turning my Father’s house into a marketplace!”
17 Then his disciples remembered this prophecy from the Scriptures: “Passion for God’s house will consume me.”
18 But the Jewish leaders demanded, “What are you doing? If God gave you authority to do this, show us a miraculous sign to prove it.”
19 “All right,” Jesus replied. “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”
20 “What!” they exclaimed. “It has taken forty-six years to build this Temple, and you can rebuild it in three days?” 21 But when Jesus said “this temple,” he meant his own body. 22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered he had said this, and they believed both the Scriptures and what Jesus had said.
THINK ABOUT IT…
They believed both the Scriptures and what Jesus had said because He was The Word…walking among them. The Word died for our sins, defeated death and rose again in power. That power is available to all who believe.
Do you believe The Word, Jesus?
The temple was an important element of the Jewish faith, for in it God was supposed to dwell. All of the ceremonies and sacrifices of the Jewish religion centered in the temple. When Jesus suggested that their precious building would be destroyed, their angry reaction was predictable. After all, if His body is the temple, then the Jewish temple would be needed no more.
In this cryptic statement, our Lord actually predicted the end of the Jewish religious system. But that was one of the purposes John had in mind when he wrote his gospel: the legal system has ended, and “grace and truth” have come through Jesus Christ. He is the new sacrifice and the new temple (John 2:19). John will tell us later that the new worship will depend on inward integrity, not outward geography (John 4:19–24).
You are God and we are not. You came down to where we are to save our souls for eternity. You were the One and Only sacrifice for our sins. There is no one like you. The depth of your love for us is hard to imagine for humans have a hard time loving like you do. I am grateful, eternally grateful for all you have done, are doing and will do in my life for your glory and honor.
In Jesus Name, Amen. I believe.