12 After this He went down to Capernaum, He and His mother and His brothers and His disciples; and they stayed there a few days. 13 The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 And He found in the temple those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. 15 And He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen; and He poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables; 16 and to those who were selling the doves He said, “Take these things away; stop making My Father’s house a place of business.” 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for Your house will consume me.” 18 The Jews then said to Him, “What sign do You show us as Your authority 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 took forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days? 21 But He was speaking of the temple of His body. 22 So when He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He said this; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus has spoken. 23 Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name, observing the signs which He was doing. 24 But Jesus, on His part, was not entrusting Himself to them, for He knew all men, 25 – and because He did not need anyone to testify concerning man, for He Himself knew what was in man.
1 Corinthians 3:16-17
16 Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are.
1 Corinthians 6:19
19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.
“But I say to you that something greater than the temple is here.”
- How easy do you think it is to justify wrong use of our “temple” for the sake of ease or convenience?
- Do you think that you ever have seen or been tempted to see the church (your fellow believers) as a means to your own financial benefit or gain?
- The Jews were distorting God’s purpose for the Temple. In applying this to your own church and/or personal life do you think you have ever or been tempted to insult, disrespect, misrepresent God’s “temple” by mixing in what is sinful or distracting that would distorts God’s purpose for His church and/or children who have been created to give honor to and glorify God?
- Have you given thought to how absolutely amazing it is that the Almighty God who created everything desires to dwell in you and use you to bring honor to His Name?