Here’s Where Jesus Cleansed the Temple

Ruins of the area of the temple cleansed by Jesus

Do you see what appear to be the ruins of ramps outside that wall in the center of the picture? Our guide told us that used to be the porch leading to the temple complex where moneychangers gathered. Which means it’s the place where Jesus exhibited his zeal for his Father’s House and cleansed the Temple and dared them to crucify him, the True Temple, so that he may rebuild the Temple of his body on the third day, obtaining eternal redemption and assuring us who believe of our justification on the basis of the righteousness of Christ alone!

Jesus Cleanses the Temple (John 2:13-22)

13 The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. 15 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. 16 And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade.” 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”

18 So the Jews said to him, “What sign do you show us for doing these things?” 19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20 The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?” 21 But he was speaking about the temple of his body. 22 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.


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