What Jesus Did! 'What Right?' — John 2:18-21

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Some Jews said to Jesus, "Show us a miracle for a sign. Prove that you have the right to do these things." Jesus answered, "Destroy this temple and I will build it again in three days." The Jews answered, "People worked 46 years to build this temple! Do you really believe you can build it again in three days?" (But the temple Jesus meant was his own body.
— John 2:18-21
Illustration of John 2:18-21 — "People worked 46 years to build this temple! Do you really believe you can build it again in three days?"

Key Thought

My, oh my, there is great hostility in this exchange. But, it helps us get to the root of the whole issue of Jesus. What right does he have to speak to us about important things? What right does he have to correct our religious practices or change our religious traditions? What right? Every right! Jesus' death and resurrection make clear that he acts and speaks with God's authority. They may not have understood when he spoke it, but we do. The crucified and risen Lord IS the Temple of God. He is the focus of worship. He is the authority on the will of God. He is the way to the Father.

Today's Prayer

Holy and Almighty God, you are holy and without your grace, I know I am unworthy to come into your presence. Thank you for the gift of Jesus—his loving sacrifice, his willingness to go into the unknown world of death, and his triumph over the grave. Forgive me for holding back part of my heart, part of my will, from his authoritative word. I want to live boldly, based on his authority and honoring your will as he has taught it. In the name of your Son and my Savior, Jesus, I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

It was almost time for the Jewish Passover. So Jesus went to Jerusalem. In Jerusalem Jesus went to the temple. In the temple area Jesus saw men selling cattle, sheep, and doves. Jesus saw other men sitting at tables. These men were exchanging and trading people's money. Jesus made a whip with some pieces of rope. Then Jesus forced all these men and the sheep and cattle to leave the temple area. Jesus turned over the tables and scattered the money of the men that exchange money. Then Jesus said to the men that were selling pigeons, "Take these things out of here! Don't make my Father's house a place for buying and selling!" When this happened the followers of Jesus remembered what was written {in the Scriptures }: "My excitement for your house will destroy me." Some Jews said to Jesus, "Show us a miracle for a sign. Prove that you have the right to do these things." Jesus answered, "Destroy this temple and I will build it again in three days." The Jews answered, "People worked 46 years to build this temple! Do you really believe you can build it again in three days?" (But the temple Jesus meant was his own body. After Jesus was raised from death, his followers remembered that Jesus had said this. So his followers believed the Scripture {about him}, and they believed the words Jesus said.) Jesus was in Jerusalem for the Passover festival. Many people believed in Jesus because they saw the miracles he did. But Jesus did not trust them. Why? Because Jesus knew the things people were thinking. Jesus did not need any person to tell him about people. Jesus knew what was in a person's mind.

John 2:13-25

Related Scripture Readings

So Jesus came to them and said, "All authority (power) in heaven and on earth is given to me. So go and make followers of all people in the world. Baptize them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach those people to obey everything that I have told you. You can be sure that I will be with you always. I will continue with you until the end of the world."

Matthew 28:18-20

God promised long ago to give this Good News to his people. God used his prophets to promise this. That promise is written in the Holy Scriptures. The Good News is about God's Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. As a person, he was born from the family of David. But through the Spirit of holiness Jesus was shown to be God's Son. He was shown to be God's Son with great power by rising from death.

Romans 1:2-4

So all of you should think about Jesus. God sent Jesus to us, and he is the high priest of our faith. I tell you to think about him, my brothers and sisters, because God chose you to be his holy people. God sent Jesus to us and made him our high priest. And Jesus was faithful to God like Moses was. He did everything God wanted him to do in God's house (family). When a man builds a house, people will honor the man more than the house. It is the same with Jesus. Jesus should have more honor than Moses. Every house is built by some person. But God built everything. Moses was faithful in all God's house (family) like a servant. He told people the things that God would say in the future. But Christ is faithful in ruling God's house like a Son. We {believers} are God's house (family). We are God's house if we continue to be sure and proud of the great hope we have. So it is like the Holy Spirit says: "If you hear God's voice today,

Hebrews 3:1-7

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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