The Temple Curtain

When Jesus rebuked people who were selling and buying in the temple in Jerusalem for turning the place of worship into a market place, he pointed out that he was going to build the temple not made by human hands. In John 2: 18-19 the Bible says, “Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things? Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up” (KJV). Jesus was referring to his physical body because that was the place the Holy Spirit of God dwelt.

Sin brings destruction and Jesus was pointing out that he was going to destroy that temple and build it in three days. Jesus was referring to his death and resurrection. It is the Spirit of God who builds the temple of God. In Psalm 127:1 the Bible declares, “Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it…” (KJV). Man cannot really build the house of God because only God builds it.

The human condition of sin is what led to the destruction of the body of Jesus Christ. When he hang on that cross it was for our sin. He had no sin, but when he hang on that cross he became sin for us and through that we can now become the righteousness of God. Identifying with him in his death and resurrection makes this personal and possible. This is what water baptism symbolizes. In Hebrews 10: 20 the Bible says, “By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh” (KJV). When the Bible says his flesh it refers to his body and that is the veil.

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