May 12, 2018

Saturday
John 2:18-22, 1 Corinthians 3:10-17

One of the great ironies in the history of the nation of Israel is that the absence of the nation’s Temple to this day testifies to Jesus’ groundbreaking work here on earth.

When the Jews returned from the Babylonian Captivity (536 BC), the project of rebuilding the temple began (Ezra 1:1-4) and was completed in 515 BC.

When Herod reigned from 37 BC to approximately 4 BC, one of his most ambitious projects was to remodel the temple and expand the surrounding area around it.

In the confrontation with Jesus near the commencement of his ministry, the Jews claimed the building project had been underway for 46 years (John 2:20) and was not fully completed until 64 AD — just in time to be destroyed six years later by the Romans in 70 AD.

Jesus’ mission on earth was to lay the groundwork for a new temple, a temple that could never be destroyed. This time the Holy Spirit would not dwell in a single location, but in the hearts of any person claiming Jesus as their Savior and Lord.

If you ever doubt how much God values you, take a few moments and read 1 Kings 5-6 (the passage we read yesterday). God would rather dwell in your heart instead of one of the grandest buildings ever built. And he sacrificed his only Son on the cross to make that possible. If you are a Christian, take this moment and take off your shoes because where you are standing is holy ground, for you are the temple of the living God!