John 2:12-25 The True Temple
You may believe in Jesus, or refuse to believe in Jesus. But it is impossible to maintain a neutral position about him. As the Lord of the universe, Jesus continually presses into our hearts and into the places and things we go to worship. He exposes what we really believe and purifies our belief or unbelief. This is sobering, but also good—as it presses us to live in reality, not make believe.
This Sunday we will see how Jesus's actions in the temple serve to divide humanity into two kinds of believers —those who believe in him according to God’s Word and those who only believe in Jesus’s signs and look for Jesus to improve their earthly position. As we will discover, only those who believe in Jesus for eternal life according to God’s Word have saving faith. The others who believe in the signs need to come again to Jesus to see him more closely.
In preparation for Sunday, take time to read John 2. If you read John 3, you will also see someone (Nicodemus) who fits this false believer category. Pray that God would open our eyes to Christ and to our own standing before him.
May God be pleased to help us see his Son and to believe in him according to his Word!
For His Glory and your good,
Discussion and Response Questions
- What does John 2:12-25 reveal about Jesus?
- What is the significance of Jesus’s clearing the temple?
- How is OBC’s church building different from the temple in Jerusalem? Is the main point of the passage about what the church building should used for? How might this passage still apply to our building?
- Why does Jesus describe his body as a temple? What sign does Jesus give to the Jews to demonstrate his authority to cleanse the temple?
- Historical note: Compare/contrast John 2 with the Temple cleansing after the “Palm Sunday Triumphal Entry” in Matthew 21:12-13. Do you think these are different events, or the same event? Why or why not?
- What is the relationship between Psalm 69 and the cleansing of the Temple?
- How does John’s commentary illuminate these events? (vv. 17, 21-22)
- What is John teaching as he compares the people’s trust in Jesus, and Jesus’ distrust? What do verses 23-25 reveal about man?
- How should we respond to these truths about Jesus?
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