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Jesus at the Passover
The Jewish Passover was approaching, so they went to Jerusalem. It was here that Jesus demonstrated His intense respect for the Temple of the Living God.
When He found those in the temple selling and buying oxen, sheep and doves, and money changers doing a brisk business, He made a whip out of some cord. Jesus drove them all out of the temple, including the sheep, the oxen and the money changers. He overturned their tables and scattered their exchange money. Then He said to those selling doves "Get these out of here; do not turn my Father's house into a business establishment."
Jesus' disciples then remembered Psalm 69:9 which says, "The zealous sense of responsibility for Your House consumes me. The reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me."
Jesus was not only thinking about the physical place of worship, but of the human body, which is God's temple, His place of habitation. We are told in 1 Corinthians 6:19 that our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and in Ephesians 2:19–22 that your body is a dwelling place for God in the Spirit.
The Jews questioned Him, "What sign do you show us, that you can do these things?" Jesus answered, "Tear down this temple and in three days I will raise it up."
"It took forty-six years to build this temple, and you will raise it up in three days?" they questioned.
Jesus was talking about the temple of His body. When He rose up from the dead, His disciples remembered what He had said, and they believed the scriptures and the teachings of Jesus and His respect for God's temple. While we need to engage in business to sustain ourselves, we must keep our bodies as temples of the Living God and not as dedicated business establishments as the Sadducees did (Chapter 18).
When Jesus was in Jerusalem at the Passover, He performed several more miracles and a great many people believed in Him. But Jesus did not entrust Himself to these people because He understood all humans, and these people were not true believers, but only interested in the miracles. He knew well what is in people's hearts.119
1st Corinthians 3:16 and 17; 6:19 and 2nd Corinthians 6:16 tell us that our bodies are temple of the living God that God will destroy whoever defiles the temple of God, and that temple is you. This is very serious, as we all defile our temple every day, even without realizing it. It is only through the blood of Jesus that we are cleansed of our sins, and we must try to keep our bodies holy. We should pray for forgiveness daily and take Communion often. Isaiah 64:6 tells us that even our righteousness is like filthy rags to God, so it is only by faith in Jesus Christ that we are saved. God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that anyone who believes in Him will not perish, but will have eternal life (John3:16).119. John 2:13–24.
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