Model Questions, Part 2: “You Will Raise it Up in Three Days?”

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Can you imagine the look on their faces when a carpenter out of Nazareth said he could rebuild the central location of the Jewish faith in three days? This would have been like a general contractor from Gallman, Mississippi, showing up in Chicago saying he could build the Trump Tower in three 3 days.  First, it’s ridiculous because it’s impossible, and second, it’s offensive to these men who spent the last 46 years working on the Temple. They were so proud of it, and they didn’t appreciate someone downplaying their blood, sweat, and tears.

When we’re met by Jesus, we each have our own temple that we have planned, built, polished, and remodeled (several times). Jesus downplays our efforts in order to show us the futility of our efforts. “You mean I’ve been working on this for 46 years and you think you could do better in less time?”

To the original listeners of John, there would have been a resounding, “Yes! He’s talking about his body!” Hindsight is 20/20, but at the time, it was offensive and hard to hear. Jesus shook their security, which they placed in the establishment in the Temple–to them, it meant identity, connection, stability, hope, tradition, and unity; but to Jesus, they were missing out.

Jesus still does this–he walks through our temples and, like a building inspector, he points out things we’ve missed, where we were slack in our work, got too rushed, etc. Has anyone ever done that to you? You’re working on something really hard and they show up and just point out things you could have done better? But he does this because he loves us.  “You thought you were building a palace for yourself but this just looks like a coffin,” he tells us.

Jesus directs our attention to something better, He was contracted by the Father to construct an eternal building with new building materials that only he could provide– his flesh as the bricks and his blood as the mortar. He didn’t hit his finger with a hammer, but his hands were nailed to wood. He didn’t use a measuring tape, but his arms were outstretched. His hardhat was made of thorns and people gambled for his tool belt. Such a messy construction site with no “caution” tape around it.


Written by keywoodblog

September 9, 2015 at 1:12 pm

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