Jesus Christ said, “It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer.”

Jesus, the Temple, and You (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign #20)

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents and politicians but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey God’s Great Commission and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As the hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 20.

John 2:18-25:

18 Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?

19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.

20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?

21 But he spake of the temple of his body.

22 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.

23 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did.

24 But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men,

25 And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.

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John Piper said, “The material temple [in Jerusalem] that would be destroyed, Jesus builds again in three days in the sense that he now replaces this temple and becomes the new ‘place’ where everyone may meet God and fellowship with God. Remember what he said in Matthew 12:6, ‘I tell you, something greater than the temple is here.’ And he meant himself… A church building is not the temple of God. Jesus is. When Jesus died for us and rose from the dead, he replaced the temple with himself. He is the universal Immanuel, God with us.”

You can imagine that after Jesus cleaned out the Temple, the Jewish religious leaders were stunned. They never thought that anyone would be bold enough to challenge their authority. So, they confront Jesus, and basically say to Him, ‘Who do you think you are? What gives you the right to come up in here and do this in our house?’ Now, deep down, I believe these people knew that what they had been doing was wrong and they also knew that what Jesus had done was right and what needed to be done. But their pride, and their love of the wealth they gained from the Temple, prevented them from admitting this. They were ready to fight to maintain the status quo. They didn’t like Jesus rattling their cages or whipping their behinds.

So they ask Him, “What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?” The Jews asked for a sign. They were seeking some kind of miracle that would prove Jesus’ authority. This,of course, shows how spiritually blind they really were. Jesus taking it on Himself to clean the Temple was a sign. The prophet Malachi prophesied that the Messiah would cleanse the temple. He wrote, “Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple… And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.” The religious authorities who prided themselves on their knowledge of Scripture totally missed this.

Jesus answers their request for a sign, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” Of course, today, we know what Jesus was referring to. He was talking about His body and His crucifixion. But, to the Jews, this was thoroughly confusing. Dr. John Walvoord and Dr. Roy B. Zuck state that one of Jesus’ purposes in giving this enigmatic answer “was to puzzle the hearers who opposed Him. He desired that His hearers ponder the saying in order to perceive its significance.”

However, the Jews did not take time to ponder what Jesus meant. They immediately answer, “Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?” They thought Jesus was threatening to destroy the entire Temple that He had just cleansed. In fact, during Jesus’ trial, this is one of the accusations they brought up against Him. They didn’t understand that Jesus was talking about His own body. Jesus was sacrificed on the cross, and three days later, He rose again bodily. Even Jesus’ own disciples did not understand this until after Jesus’ resurrection. John writes, “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.”

Today, Christians are referred to as “the body of Christ.” Jesus lives in us, and we carry out His work. The Bible also says that everyone, individually, is a “temple.” First Corinthians 6:19 reads, “Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

What you do with your body is a large part of how you honor Christ and God. If you are constantly sinning, your body, your “temple”, will be cluttered and unclean. And God will not abide by a temple that is unclean. Just as Jesus cleaned the physical Temple in Jerusalem, your temple needs to be washed clean of sin and hypocrisy. The only way you can do this is through believing on Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. His blood, applied to your life, will cleanse you and make you clean in God’s sight.

Why don’t you believe on Jesus Christ today for your soul’s salvation and have your temple cleansed so God can use you and bless you? Here is how:

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

Until next time, may the Lord bless you.