John’s Second sign
Jesus is the true Temple, the meeting place between Heaven and Earth, and has once and for all time replaced the Temple. Because believers, have been created in His image we are the meeting place of God where Heaven meets earth
A. Jesus is the meeting place between Heaven and Earth
The whole point of signs is that they are moments when heaven and earth intersect with each other.
“Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You shall see greater things than that…I tell you the truth, you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” John 1:50
What was the most important aspect of the Jews relationship with God?
The Torah? No. The Presence of God with them.
Early on in their journey with God, Israel broke the most sacred Law by forming an idol of gold and worshipping it in place of God. So enraged with them was God, that He offers to blot out Israel and go it alone with Moses. Moses reminded God of His promise to his ancestors,
Moses had persuaded God that He needed to come with them.
Then Moses said, “If you don’t personally go with us, don’t make us leave this place.
The Torah gave them a blueprint of how to protect the presence of God in their midst.
The Law gave them parameters of how they were to relate to God in a way that upheld their side of their covenant agreement. So long as they upheld their side of the covenant God would uphold His. His promise was to bless them. The conduit of His blessing would come to them through His Presence with them.
Fast forward a few thousand years. What now is the most important feature of their relationship with God?
The TEMPLE. WHY?
Where to find God? Point to their temple. Though God was viewed as omnipresent, the temple was considered the place where God dwelt
God, more specifically, hovered above one sacred object; this object was called the Ark of God. A wooden box about 110cm long by 65cm high and 65cm wide. It was plated with gold.
The cover of the Ark of God was a gold lid called the mercy seat. Two angles with their wings stretched over the cover. Inside of the Ark of God were kept the 10 Commandments, the summary of God’s covenant with the Jews.
Jesus is the Temple of God
Jesus acted out a risky, and some might say crazy reality.
He behaved as if he was the Temple.
Jesus very first act after His coming out party was to clear the temple.
Remember Jesus’ Identification with key symbols:
– The Wine-bringer
- The Bridegroom
- The Creator
13 It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration, so Jesus went to Jerusalem. 14 In the Temple area he saw merchants selling cattle, sheep, and doves for sacrifices; he also saw dealers at tables exchanging foreign money.15 Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple. He drove out the sheep and cattle, scattered the money changers’ coins over the floor, and turned over their tables. 16 Then, going over to the people who sold doves, he told them, “Get these things out of here. Stop turning my Father’s house into a marketplace!”
17 Then his disciples remembered this prophecy from the Scriptures: “Passion for God’s house will consume me.”
18 But the Jewish leaders demanded, “What are you doing? If God gave you authority to do this, show us a miraculous sign to prove it.”
19 “All right,” Jesus replied. “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”
20 “What!” they exclaimed. “It has taken forty-six years to build this Temple, and you can rebuild it in three days?” 21 But when Jesus said “this temple,” he meant his own body. 22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered he had said this, and they believed both the Scriptures and what Jesus had said.
Remember the Temple was the Jews most sacred place. The place where Heaven meets earth!
JESUS AND THE PRESENCE OF GOD
Jesus’s tomb = the Mercy Seat:
Mary was standing outside the tomb crying, and as she wept, she stooped and looked in. She saw two white-robed angels, one sitting at the head and the other at the foot of the place where the body of Jesus had been lying. John 20:11-12
Jesus the bringer of Health
So if Jesus is the New Temple, or the Real Temple, the place where Heaven meets Earth and all things are made new again it is no surprise that in John 3 He heals the Centurion’s Son.
The Word became flesh and He healed the sick, and we beheld His glory, glory as the sovereign life-giver.
One of the functions that John paints of Jesus as the re-Creator of the world is that He heals.
43 At the end of the two days, Jesus went on to Galilee. 44 He himself had said that a prophet is not honored in his own hometown. 45 Yet the Galileans welcomed him, for they had been in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration and had seen everything he did there.
46 As he traveled through Galilee, he came to Cana, where he had turned the water into wine. There was a government official in nearby Capernaum whose son was very sick. 47 When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went and begged Jesus to come to Capernaum to heal his son, who was about to die.
48 Jesus asked, “Will you never believe in me unless you see miraculous signs and wonders?”
49 The official pleaded, “Lord, please come now before my little boy dies.”
50 Then Jesus told him, “Go back home. Your son will live!” And the man believed what Jesus said and started home.
51 While the man was on his way, some of his servants met him with the news that his son was alive and well. 52 He asked them when the boy had begun to get better, and they replied, “Yesterday afternoon at one o’clock his fever suddenly disappeared!” 53 Then the father realized that that was the very time Jesus had told him, “Your son will live.” And he and his entire household believed in Jesus.54 This was the second miraculous sign Jesus did in Galilee after coming from Judea.
We are the Temple of God:
What we see in the Old Testament gets a radical upgrade in the New.
God makes His permanent abode in the hearts of His people. His sacred Presence now lives in us now.
Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?’ (1 Corinthians 3:16)
This is an amazing reality, especially when you understand the careful craftsmanship that went into the temple design, and the precise directions the priests had to follow in relation to the Presence of God in their midst.
Other Sermons In This Series
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