Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Jesus Building His Temple (SD24)

John 2:19 Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” Then the Jews said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?” But He was speaking of the temple of His body.

There are so many speculations on when the law (Judaism) ended and the period of grace began. Our Lord told the Jews that after the temple of God was destroyed, He would build a new temple of God in 3 days.

Destruction of the temple of God

Mark 15:37-38  And Jesus cried out with a loud voice ft, and breathed His last. Then *the veil of the temple was torn in two* from top to bottom.

At the death of our Lord Jesus on the cross, the veil of the temple of God was torn, the sign of the departure of God from the Most Holy Place (Holy of Holies). Without God in the temple Judaism was over.

At His death on the cross, all these items were built within Him:-

  1. The bronze Altar - when sacrificed as the Lamb of God
  2. The bronze Laver - when He obeyed God and walk in holiness.
  3. The Table of Showbread - He was the Bread of life.
  4. The golden Lampstand - He was the Light of the world.
  5. The golden Altar - when His own life offered as sweet aroma to God.
  6. The Ark of Testimony:-
    • Ten Commandments - Word
    •  Aaron's rod- Perfect Priesthood
    •  Book of the law - Word of life

The Resurrection of Jesus

Luke 24:1, 6-7  Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared..."He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’”

On the third day after His death He rose from the dead, signifying His victory over death, so that we can overcome the fear of death.

Heb 2:14-15  Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

1Cor 15:26  The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.

Having overcame death which is His last enemy, He ascended to sit on the throne of the Father or the mercy seat of God.

Rev 3:21  To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.

So three days after His death and at His resurrection, He completed building the temple of God with all the items (including the mercy seat), thereby replacing Herod's temple of God which He destroyed at His death.

The Body of Christ

John 20:19, 22  Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.”... And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit."

On the same day He gave the Holy Spirit to His disciples, so that they were also the temple of God. However, only the bronze Altar was set up there by our Lord, the Author and Finisher of our faith.

Brethren, as we walk by faith in love and holiness, the Spirit of truth will guide and help us build item by item in His Holy temple within each of us.