13 It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 He found in the temple those who were selling cattle, sheep, and doves, as well as those involved in exchanging currency sitting there. 15 He made a whip from ropes and chased them all out of the temple, including the cattle and the sheep. He scattered the coins and overturned the tables of those who exchanged currency. 16 He said to the dove sellers, “Get these things out of here! Don’t make my Father’s house a place of business.” 17 His disciples remembered that it is written, Passion for your house consumes me. 18 Then the Jewish leaders asked him, “By what authority are you doing these things? What miraculous sign will you show us?” 19 Jesus answered, “Destroy this temple and in three days I’ll raise it up.” 20 The Jewish leaders replied, “It took forty-six years to build this temple, and you will raise it up in three days?” 21 But the temple Jesus was talking about was his body. 22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered what he had said, and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken. (John 2:13-22, CEB)
The temple was massive and took up probably 1/6 of the town of Jerusalem. Some of the stones were 25 feet in length. It was a wonder of the time and Jesus says destroy it and he will rebuild it in three days! It is an insane statement, when you think he is speaking of the actual stone temple.
But Jesus wasn’t speaking of that temple, because he was referring to his upcoming death and resurrection for the world.
And that is why He wanted to purify the actual place of worship. When we make the places we worship more focused on God we will be more focused on God.
How can we help others focus on Jesus?
Love People, Love God.