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The glorious resurrection of Jesus from the perspective of John 2:12-22
The glorious resurrection of Jesus from the perspective of John 2:12-22

This morning and every day we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the grave. HE is RISEN!

Today we are going to consider the glorious resurrection of Jesus form the perspective of John 2:12-22. In this passage, Jesus in a most controversial fashion, prophesies his resurrection.

As some of you are aware, Jesus said a lot of polarizing and controversial things. For instance....

-Jesus once said to a crowd "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in yourselves" John 6:53
-In John 8:58 Jesus said' "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am."
-In John 3:3 Jesus said to Nicodemus "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the Kingdom of God."
-In John 14:6 Jesus says "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me"
-In Matthew 10:34 Jesus says; "Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword."

In John 2:12-22, which is our text for this morning Jesus says to the Pharisees who are challenging him as to what authority he had to drive the money sellers out of the Temple- and in fact demanding a miraculous sign-- "Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days." Such is the sign that Jesus promises to them.


What Jesus said that day stunned his hearers. It shocked them. Additionally they totally misunderstood what Jesus said. Further: They never forgot what he said either.

As for being misunderstood,the Pharisees, assuming Jesus was talking about the literal Temple in which they were standing" immediately retorted "It has taken 46 years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?" v.20

As for being misunderstood, his own disciples did not get it until after Jesus rose from the dead--- Remember this, the Gospel of John was written from a post resurrection perspective.


1. Matthew 26:59-61

In Matthew 26, Jesus, after being falsely arrested is before the Sanhedrin. It says in verse 59 "The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death. But they did not find any, though many false witnesses came forward. Finally tow came forward and declared, "This fellow said, 'I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days."

Note: Such harkens back to John 2:19-- yet Jesus' words were twisted by his accusers- for Jesus actually said to the Pharisees who were demanding a miraculous sign "Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days."

2. Matthew 27:39-40

In Matthew 27:39-40 we are told that "Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, "You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!"

Again: What Jesus said at the beginning of his ministry when he cleansed the Temple was remembered-- yet it was twisted and misunderstood.

3. Acts 6:13-14

In Acts 6--- which is some years after Jesus said what he did-- Stephen-- a man described as "full of God's grace and power" is seized by some men for preaching Christ. Stephen was brought before the Sanhedrin (council of 70 men made up of Pharisees and Sadducees-- the religious leaders of the Jews). Producing false witnesses they said (v.13) "This fellow never stops speaking against this holy place and against the law. For we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs Moses handed down to us"

Interesting: Years later (though what Jesus said was misunderstood, misinterpreted, and mocked) people still remembered what Jesus had said.


Do you wonder why?

Note: When Jesus said what he did I'm pretty sure (my opinion) that he didn't point at himself when he said "Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days."

Why did Jesus speak with such an air of mystery? Why did he not just say "I'll show you a miracle that demonstrates my authority to cast these people out of hear-- I am going to die on a cross for your sins and after three days I am going to rise to life."

There is a good reason why Jesus spoke as he did and why he spoke in parables.

Matthew 13:34 says; "Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable"

a. To fulfill the prophecy of Isaiah 6:9-10 wherein the Lord says to Isaiah "He said, "Go and tell this people: "?'Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.' Make the heart of this people calloused; make their ears dull and close their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed."

This in response to the people who had direct revelation from God and who treated it with contempt-- So God says, I will veil myself

b. To cause people to listen and reflect. Jesus' indirect communication invites openhearted, genuine seekers to come to know the truth-- on the flip side this form of communication obstructed those whose hearts were not open to the truth. Such leads us to the call and promise of Scripture "Seek the Lord while he may be found. Call on Him--- and will come and answer. Draw near to Him and He will draw near to you"

WHAT JESUS REALLY MEANT WHEN HE SAID the miraculous sign I will give you is this: "Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days"

a. He was going to lay down his life and die

Such reminds us of John 10:18 wherein Jesus says; "No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father."

b. After three days in the grave I am going to rise to life!


Two thoughts

a. The purpose behind the signs and wonders of Christ was this: FAITH/BELIEF

In John 20:30-31 it says of Jesus' miracles; "Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

Jesus healed the sick, cast out demons, exercised power and authority over nature, forgave peoples sins, raised the dead, but his resurrection was his greatest miracle- for he conquered the grave

b. There are many good reasons to believe that Jesus rose

-empty tomb (despite guards)
-transformation of his disciples (fearful, not expecting it-- then boldly declaring his resurrection and dying for their faith)
-doubting Thomas
-the many resurrection appearances of Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:3-6 says; "For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance[a]: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep."
-Interesting that Acts 1:3 says; "After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God."
-non biblical accounts of the resurrection. i.e Josephus (Jewish historian)


Read the Gospels. Consider the evidences for the Bibles truthfulness and the resurrection of Christ. Ask God to reveal Himself to you. Seek the Lord while He may be found. Draw near to Him and He will draw near to you.


CHRIST IS RISEN. Alleluia (Praise God/ Praise the Lord)