Do you get it? Do you see the logic? The reason behind the question? Jesus flips tables. He takes a whip and clears the Temple. The people around start asking for a sign.
They get it. They realize that here is a man who has no position or title to give him authority in the Temple, yet he is acting out like he has authority in that sphere. He is acting like a prophet. They know their history.
Moses performed miracles when he approached Pharoah. Elijah called fire down from heaven. They want to know if Jesus is a prophet, possibly even the messiah. If he is, they reason, he should show them a sign.
Jesus doesn’t play any parlor tricks here. He has already changed water into wine back at Canna of Galilee. He could easily do something here, but instead he points to the temple they are in and says, destroy this temple and in 3 days I’ll build it back. They thought he was talking about a building. He was talking about his body.
They had perverted worship by bringing money making schemes into the Temple. Their offerings were an offense to God, but they would offend God further by putting Christ to death. But that would not be the end of it. The ultimate sign that He would give is that he would rise from the dead. Worship would no longer center around an earthly temple made by human hands, but would center of Jesus Christ. (There is a great depth and richness to this passage, but not enough time to go through it all here).
Also note 2 things. 1. The disciples immediately recall Psalm 69:9 in reference to Jesus’ actions here (John 2:17). 2. When Jesus is raised from the dead the disciples remember this event and it causes them to believe the scripture (John 2:22). Remember the New Testament hadn’t been written yet. The scripture that the disciples believe is the Old Testament in reference to Jesus as the Messiah.
Application: Jesus is the True and Better temple that was destroyed and ressurected so that we might also be raised from the dead and enjoy eternal life with God. Thank God today for all Christ has done for you and live in free worship of Him by how you live.
I thank you for the work of Christ on the cross and his ressurection for my benefit that I might enjoy the pleasure of knowing you. I rejoice that your word is singularly focused on the message of the gospel. I ask for grace to walk worthy of Christ in thefreedom that you have given me.
Morning: Psalm 69
Mid-Day: Psalm 3
Evening: Psalm 102