John 2:13-22 The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple He found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. And making a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And He poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. And He told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make My Father’s house a house of trade.” His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for Your house will consume Me.” So the Jews said to Him, “What sign do You show us for doing these things?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?” But He was speaking about the temple of His body. When therefore He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.
The cleansing of the Temple at the start of Jesus’ ministry, right after the Cana sign of turning water into wine, represents the zeal Jesus had for doing the will of His Father. In essence, Jesus was predicting the end of Old Testament worship, the end of the Temple era, the end of the former covenant. Now, on this prediction or prophecy, He was saying, “Kill this body & I will resurrect in three days.” They wanted a sign; He gave it to them – the sign of Jonah – death, burial, & resurrection. This is the only sign the Christian should be concerned with when delivering the Gospel of God. He has risen! He is alive! He lives in me! He wants to live in you too! Happy Resurrection Day; Happy Easter; Happy New Temple Day! JESUS IS ALIVE FOREVERMORE.