9th April 2011

Built to impress

“As he was leaving the temple, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!’”
Mark 13:1 (NIV UK)

Did you know that you are part of God’s temple?

Not all the disciples had been to Jerusalem before, and when they visited the city before the crucifixion, they were impressed above all, by the temple. Luke records that they commented on “how the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and with gifts dedicated to God” (Luke 21:5).

Jesus understood that the physical temple in all its splendour would be destroyed. “The time will come”, he said, “ when not one stone will be left on another; everyone of them will be thrown down” (Luke 21:6). This happened in 70 AD when Titus and his Roman soldiers attacked Jerusalem.

A new temple was being put in place. It was to be a spiritual temple. “Don’t you know”, asked Paul about 20 years before the destruction of Herod’s temple, “that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16). The church is the temple of God. Peter takes this idea up and says that we, “like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house” (1 Peter 2:5).

I wonder whether people, when they visit our congregations, are impressed by the quality of the spiritual building materials—us! We are precious and beautiful because God’s Spirit lives in us, and He makes a difference.

Let others see the beauty of God in you.

Glorious Father, thank you that we are part of your holy temple, and I pray that others will be impressed by the beauty of it all.  In Jesus’ name.

Study by James Henderson

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