John 2:16-21

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Full reading – John 2:12-25

John 2:16-21

16 To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” 17 His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”

18 The Jews then responded to him, “What sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?”

19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”

20 They replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” 21 But the temple he had spoken of was his body. 22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.


The word template comes from the word temple. While we often think of a temple as a sacred place of worship, perhaps we should look at a temple as a place that gives us form. A temple should be like a mold designed with precision and purpose by its creator. Jesus saw the temple (the house of the law) had been corrupted and was no longer able to guide or shape God’s people. And like a metal die that has been worn out, the time had come to replace it.

Jesus’ comment of destroying this temple (and raising it in three days) confused the people because they did not understand that he was talking about creating a new template for God’s people through his crucifixion and resurrection. If the temples in our life are simply of convenience, and we cannot feel the pressure of being molded into something better, then it may be it is time to consider replacing the old with the new.



“Our Father, which art in heaven…” Give us your guidance to live our life and grow in love, faith, and humility as Christ has shown us. I pray in Christ’s name. Amen.

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