Jesus and the Temple

So the Jews said to him, “What sign do you show us for doing these things?”
Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”
The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?”
But he was speaking about the temple of his body. – Jn 2:18-21 (ESV)

I thought of this passage this morning in worship when we sang this song:

How lovely is Your dwelling place, oh Lord Almighty
My soul longs and even faints for You
For here my heart is satisfied, within Your presence
I sing beneath the shadow of Your wings

Better is one day in Your courts
Better is one day in Your house
Better is one day in Your courts
Than thousands elsewhere

One thing I ask and I would seek, to see Your beauty
To find You in the place Your glory dwells
My heart and flesh cry out, for You the living God
Your spirit’s water for my soul, I’ve tasted and I’ve seen,
come once again to me, I will draw near to You
I will draw near to You

What does it mean for a New Covenant person to dwell in God’s courts? The temple was a shadow of Christ, the reality is Him. For Old Covenant believers, drawing near to the building in which God’s glory dwelt was what the psalmist had in mind (this song comes from Ps 84) but for us, it is a drawing near to Christ. It brought tears to my eyes as I sang about being satisfied in God and the image of dwelling in Christ for only a day being better than a thousand days elsewhere.

On top of that, the sermon began with our pastor quoting C. S. Lewis:

We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.

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