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Apr 28, 2015 1096
Jesus said, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”
The temple Jesus spoke about “was his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said” (John 2:19-22).
The Hebrew temple was a man-made building in which God manifested his presence. The symbols of the temple foretold God’s plan for saving the human race from the penalty of sin. The structure of the temple, its design and services, all pointed forward to the time when God would come to our world in a human body to dwell among us (John 1:14). The temple and its services promised that God had a plan to rescue the world from the curse of sin.
In Jesus, every aspect of the temple and its services was fulfilled. Though the religious authorities would destroy that temple (Jesus’ body), he would raise it up again on the third day. Jesus was prophesying his own crucifixion, death and resurrection, but at the time his disciples and those listening to him didn’t really understand his meaning. It was only later that they remembered what he had said.
How often is it the same with us? We forget to trust God in our troubles, and it is only later that we remember and understand his leading. If God was victor over the worst thing that could happen in the universe—his own execution—how much more is he able to handle our lesser problems? Talk to him about them.