"THE UPSIDE OF RELIGION"
July 28, 1991
Two weeks ago I spoke to you on "The Down Side of Religion,"
from John 2:13-17. In the story of Jesus cleansing the Temple
we learned that religion degenerates and Jesus denounced
commercialism, convenience, and the complacency to which
it had degenerated in His day.
In our text today we see Jesus taking the Jews and challenging
their minds in regard to the Temple now being the human body.
It was not until after His death and bodily resurrection that
even ilis own disciples understood what He was teaching.
As Jesus introduces us to real religion today we see that
religion can have an upside as well as a downside. What can
you learn from our text today that has the power to change
your life? What can you learn about the upside of religion
from the Word of God?
I. THE UPSIDE OF RELIGION IS BASED ON THE PROMISE
OF THE BODILY RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST.
The Jews had just witnessed one of the most astounding
events in their lives - Jesus taking on their
establishment, spoiling their plans to promote greed
and profit by abusing God's holy Temple. They said
to Jesus, "Now that you have done this give us a sign
to prove your authority to call this 'My Father's house'."
"Temple" - Greek "Naos" used also in verse 21
referring to the inner shrine or sanctuary.
* In verse 14 the word Temple is "heiron" - referring
to the whole of the Temple area.
Jesus is trying to transition their minds to
understanding that the Temple is no longer a building
but His body. So He said, "Kill me and in three
days I will rise again."
"Forty-six years" - they could not make the
transition. It took 46 years to build this Temple
and you will rebuild it in 3 days! They were scoffing
They were blind - His new found disciples were blind
- He was referring to His bodily resurrection. In John's
gospel this was the first promise of His ...
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