The Jews said to [Jesus]: “What sign do You show us for doing these things?” Jesus answered them: “Destroy this
It should not surprise that the Jews wanted Jesus to give them a sign. After all, His actions were very abnormal. No one had cleared the
So they ask: “What sign do You show us for doing these things?” Jesus needs to provide some identification after this escapade. The chief priests had authority given to them. The same Lord God who had spoken the Ten Commandments had also entrusted the operation of the Tabernacle and, in turn, the
Paul reminds you: “The Jews demand signs.” And for good reason, for this is how the Lord God said that people with His authority would prove it. Jesus was not a Levite, so He could not be one of the
You heard the sign that Jesus gave which was to prove His identity and provide evidence of His authority: “Destroy this
The Gospel Writer gives you a very important key to understanding what Jesus meant by this sign: “But He was speaking about the temple of His body. 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.” Jesus’ prophetic sign was going to prove more than just why He could clear the
John says that “[Jesus] was speaking about the temple of His body.” This means that Jesus is the place where the Lord God dwelt on earth, where He could be found and approached by mortal men for salvation. Jesus was a walking, talking sanctuary—just like the Tabernacle of old. You have already heard that from John’s pen. Those who worshiped on Christmas Day heard about Jesus: “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” Or more literally: “The Word became flesh and made His Tabernacle in our midst.” Jesus is to be identified as God incarnate.
Because Jesus is God incarnate, His body is the true dwelling place of God. He is the
But this isn’t the full extent of what the sign of Jesus’ dying and rising shows. The tearing down of His body and having it raised three days later tells something more. It shows that Jesus has authority, but more importantly it shows that He will be the all-availing, atoning sacrifice offered for the entire world. The sign that Jesus will give will prove His identity as the Messiah, the obedient servant of the Father who brings salvation to mankind by death and resurrection.
Jesus promises that this is going to happen, but no one understands it until the actual events take place: “When therefore [Jesus] was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this.” Everyone had to wait for the events to transpire, and then they could comprehend what was meant by Jesus’ words.
Jesus declares that He will be the source of salvation and that salvation requires the death of God-in-the-flesh, which is an odd concept. Receiving that salvation also requires believing that Jesus is actually just that, even though the religious leaders of
That people believed Jesus’ miracles can be understood, since you heard from John: “When [Jesus] was in
For you who have been so called, the words of Jesus are understood. You can believe what John said about Jesus: that He is the dwelling place of God on earth, that His body is the true
When the disciples saw that Jesus had cleared the
Jesus provides the Passover pilgrims and all the faithful people of God a new destination. He is the place where the Lord God is found. He is how the Lord God acts in mercy and compassion for His people. He is the way that salvation is brought to those who need it. The walls of
You have been called to believe what many in
The death of God incarnate does not compute in the minds of man, but it makes perfect sense for you, His people: “For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” So you believe in the folly of the Crucified Christ, and in it you find the authority that He possesses as the dwelling place of God in the world. That is the authority to clear
T In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.