"Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What
sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?
19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I
will raise it up.
20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and
wilt thou rear it up in three days?
21 But he spake of the temple of his body.
22 When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that
he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which
Jesus had said."
Our text above follows Jesus' driving out of the merchandisers
from the temple. They questioned His authority. He gave
them an answer: "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will
raise it up.", vs 19. They thought He meant Herod's Temple.
"But he spoke of the temple of his body.", vs 21. Thus we see
the first action moving toward the resurrection Sunday.
Paul will in about a half century write to the Corinthians: ". . .
Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he
was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to
the scriptures;" I Corinthians 15:3-4. The resurrection was foretold
in prophecy, told by Jesus, and told later by the apostle.
The passover lambs slain in Exodus 12:1-14 were pictoral
of the One Lamb of God who John the Baptist said ". . . taketh
away the sin of the world.", John 1:29. We who trust Him find
Him to be our deliverer, successfully as they in those days in
Egypt. Paul declares Jesus to be our Passover, I Corinthians
5:7. When He died, it is said, "Christ . . . is sacrificed for us: ".
The Jews still 'kinda' keep the Old Testament type passover ---
they missed 'our passover' so they wander on in limbo, in the
sense of missing the mark.
The death He willingly endured was a sacrifice for us, as He
had no sins of His own. It was a gory and painful death. It was
described in olden days as hanging ". . . on a tree:", Deuteronomy
21:22-23. Paul states it is a "cursed" death, Galatians 3:13-14.
He was accursed because He died, for us, on the cross at Calvary.
He suffered as no one else has suffered for us, I Peter 3:18.
He died, the innocent, for the guilty --- do you and I appreciate it?
If so, let it be known to others. DDH
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