Jesus: Destroy this temple and I’ll raise it in three days!
Levites (surprised): Look at this, he’s got a demon! He’s cursing the temple! He is so going to hell.
Jesus: This is just a pile of rocks. The day is coming when a holy mountain here, in Samaria or in Sinai won’t mean a thing. I am the cornerstone of the temple.
Levites (indignantly): Somebody get the guards and a couple of Pharisees. ‘Mr. Messiah’ doesn’t appreciate the Scripture or the temple.
A pharisee arrives.
Pharisee: Let’s stone him!
Levites: Yeah! A stoning!
Scribes and sadducees gather.
Scribes: We can get him for blasphemy and swearing…yeah, he’ll stone real good.
Peter (trying to calm folks down): Here! Here! Let’s not go overboard…he’s speaking in mysteries. You’ve heard his parables! We hear this all the time.
Crowd (mumbling): Isn’t this Jesus, the rabbi from Galilee who heals everyone?
Levites: Doesn’t matter who he is. He’s got a demon and is talking about destroying the temple.
Jesus (holding up his hands): If you can hear, listen! Within a generation THIS temple (motioning toward the courts) will be destroyed. But THIS temple (pointing to himself) will rise again in three days.
Disciples: Um, Jesus, maybe take a minute and explain your parable…or, we could slip out about now…
Jesus (pauses, then heads for the Beautiful Gate): Let’s go back to Bethany–the ladies have dinner waiting.
Disciples (hustling Jesus on): Yes! Dinner time! (To the crowd) Sorry for the inconvenience, we’ll be back tomorrow and we’ll tell you what he’s saying.
Levites: Well, what about stoning the demon?
Scribes: He got away…maybe we get him tomorrow.
Jesus and the disciples head toward Bethany. They take a short break for a drink at Siloam Fountain.
Peter: Jesus, what were you talking about back there?
Jesus: God’s temple is not a place, it’s me and you–all you guys. Your bodies are God’s temple. Everywhere you go is a holy place.
John: We are God’s temple? I thought the Holy of Holies was God’s footstool and his glory is behind the veil with Moses’ ark.
Jesus: Yes. You won’t understand the three day thing until later, but remember: No more temples. We are done with holy places, holy guys, holy rituals and stuff. You are to do two things: Love God and love others as I have loved you. From now on, all you need to be doing is loving. When you take care of the hungry, thirsty, naked, sick and imprisoned you are taking care of me.
Peter: What about holy places?
Jesus: You are a holy place and you have the Keys to heaven and hell. The temple model is over and done. The model temple is you loving those around you.
Tr8: Things have changed. In Jesus, you are okay, it’s not about you anymore. It’s about those around you.
Temple Model – The Old Way
- holy places
- holy texts
- holy guys
- holy rituals
- supporting holy people
Model Temple – The Way
- You loving others as Christ loved.
References: John 2:19, John 15:12, Matthew 25:27, 1 Cor. 13, Galatians 5:6 (b)
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