Please read Matthew 27
Okay. Now watch this:
50And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.
51At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split 52and the tombs broke open.
Did you see it? Verse 51: At that moment, the curtain of the then existing temple was torn in two. How was it done? It was torn from top to bottom. (All emphases mine).
Now, just how do we think that happened? Do we think someone crawled up there to do it? That’s silly. Think of how that curtain was made. Think of how carefully it had to be woven. No man was going to rip that in half.
No man alive was going to do that.
God did it to preserve for us the truth of Christ’s overcoming death, and overcoming the need for the blood of bulls and goats to be given for trespasses. We could NEVER believe in forgiveness if we had to go every year to a temple that had a human priest constantly offering animal sacrifices for our sins. Imagine how the Jews must have felt in the old days before Christ’s sacrifice. It must have been a terrible burden to have to collect all the sacrifices they required to be burned at the temple. And it had to be done every year. Those laws that were written down had to be acknowledged and dealt with by everyone.
We know how we often fail, folks. We don’t have that life in front of us. We have a God Who gave His Son as our one and only sacrifice. We don’t need the blood of bulls and goats. Christ said “It is finished”, just before He gave up His Spirit.
That’s what He said. “It is finished”.
Beats me why there’s all this malarkey about people waiting for a third temple to be built. What’s THAT all about? If it ever happens, it will be the worst blasphemy against Christ that anyone could ever act out. It says: I don’t need You, Jesus. I’m waiting for this temple to be built.
How DARE we. You know what? This third temple thing is the nearest sin to the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit I can think of. I’m not lying to you. It’s THAT frightening.
Please. Don’t be silly. Don’t wait for something that superficial. Christ didn’t care about a man made temple in the days before He was crucified. Look at how His disciples pandered to the thought of how the place looked, and all the donations collected. What was the Lord’s response? He told them every single stone would be thrown down. That’s how important the building was to Him. Now, we are told in Scripture that we are the living stones. Our bodies, singly and collectively are the living temple of the Holy Spirit. We are given copious Scriptures showing us how not to sin against this temple. We are also warned that anyone daring to destroy God’s temple shall themselves be destroyed. That’s how important we are to God. Because WE are His temple, and WE are where He lives, we are therefore under a great obligation to care for His temple. It’s part of our worship.
If people care so much about bricks and mortar; how much more should we value the living temple, which is God’s house? Friend, YOU are God’s house. Singly, and collectively, wherever you gather in His name.
Look after your temple, which is His. Stop looking for another.