There is much conjecture as to how and when we will witness the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem. The thing is we are about 2,000 years too late; God has fully rebuilt the temple and it has become a house of prayer for all nations.
Now I know I might be treading on some toes and I don’t pretend to be an authority on the ‘End Times’, but hear me out.
What did Jesus say?
After turning the tables and freeing the animals in the Gentile Court, the Jews demanded to know by whose authority Jesus created such chaos. His response is fascinating:
“Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” John 2:19
Jesus is being very deliberate in His words, He knew the Jews would think He meant the building they were standing in, but verse 21 tells us that He was speaking of His body. The question then is why would He say this and leave the Jews believing something different?
It all points to Jesus
What the leaders of Israel failed to understand was that the entire Old Testament points to one person, every symbol, sacrifice and ceremony are signs that tell us to look to a person, and that person is Jesus the Messiah. Jesus came to fulfil all that was written about Him; He is the fulfilment of the Temple.
Jesus is the better Temple
God had the Temple built as a place that His presence could dwell in, a place where heaven and earth could overlap, and a place where man could meet God for redemption and worship. However, it was required only as long as the Old Covenant was in force. Enter the Lord Jesus; He came declaring that the Kingdom of Heaven has now come to you. The power of Heaven was flowing through Him; people received forgiveness of sin and could finally see what God was really like. The temple was only ever supposed to be needed until the fullness came; the temple was the lesser and Jesus is the greater. The temple was the sign post, Jesus is the destination. The temple could only ever call people to itself to meet God; Jesus took God to the people. Heaven and earth could touch once again, through the person of Jesus.
The growing Temple
Three days after His sacrificial death Jesus was raised from the dead and a new temple was instituted. A building not made of bricks but the lives of God’s chosen ones, with Jesus as the Chief Cornerstone. (1 Peter 2:5, 1 Corinthians 6:19, Ephesians 2:20). The temple was no longer limited by geography and neither was it limited to one person. Now the temple functions wherever the people of God connect in His name, truly a church without walls!
Unlimited access to the Father
Today access to the Father is by faith in Jesus; there are no religious requirements and no geographical limitations. Our heavenly Father has opened His house to all who will come regardless of race, gender, age or social standing. God’s house is no longer a holy place; instead it is a holy people. The House of God is no longer limited to Jerusalem; it is a building that covers the entire planet, the doors of which are open 24/7 to all who will come. Now that is Good News!
What do you think?
Go well my friends 🙂