And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables; And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise. John 2:14-16
There is a popular catchphrase that states “What Would Jesus Do”? Well you can reply with that, Jesus would Cleanse The Temple! When Jesus came to the Temple he saw it turned into a marketplace rather than a house of worship. The Jews took aspects of The Torah and turned it into a money making religion
I believe this act is also very symbolic and a clear display of becoming Born Again. As the Bible states in the New Covenant “Our Bodies are now the Temple of God” (1 Corinthians 3, 6) We need to Cleanse our Temples! We need to Repent and remove the sin and inquiry from our lives and worship God in Spirit and Truth!
And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up. Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things? Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. John 2:17-19
Jesus quoted Psalm 69, a chapter that is clearly about repentance and turning back to God. The religious leaders challenged Jesus and asked him for a sign of his authority! How Jesus responded was very significant, He said he would destroy The Temple and Raise it up in 3 days!
The religious leaders perceived this as a threat , however as we know Jesus was talking about his physical body and the Resurrection. This is a clear prophecy of Jesus foretelling his own resurrection. Secondly its showing us Jesus has replaced The Temple, everything in the Torah and the Temple were foreshadows of Christ and led to Him
Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? But he spake of the temple of his body. 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. John 2:20-22
The Holy Spirit clearly reveals Jesus was talking about his own physical body as The Temple and fortelling about the Resurrection. After Christ rose from the dead, his disciples remembered what Jesus told them
Another thing to note is Jesus said “I will raise it up” meaning He would resurrect himself! How can this be? Because Jesus is God in the flesh! Amen!