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Jesus is greater than the Temple.

In a previous post I wrote about the importance of the Temple in Jewish culture. Jews could not contemplate what life would be like without the Temple and its privileges. Yet John makes it clear in his rendition of the cleansing of the Temple, that Jesus is greater than the Temple. Greater as in holier. Greater as in higher in authority.

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Jesus, when He speaks, tells those who are willing to listen that He would break the Temple down in three days (John 2:13-22). Jesus is making a clear connection between his body and the Temple. He would be dead for three days, and then be resurrected again by the Father.

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The “GREATER THAN” sayings: Jesus vs Manna

God send manna to the nation of Israel while they were in the wilderness to feed them. He also send his Son, Jesus. Jesus told us that He is the Bread of Life.

So, what makes the Bread of Life- Jesus- so much better than manna?

Manna was the old way, like the Law of Moses was the old way. Jesus came to show us a new way to God. Jesus was a new beginning, an awakening, a Morning Star at the end of a dark night.

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Manna satisfied a physical hunger, but not the spiritual hunger. John is clear about the fact that we should eat the right kind of bread if we want to live forever. The right kind of bread is Jesus.

 

 

 

Manna was a temporary fix. It did not last. In fact, when night fell, the manna turned sour and by morning it was rotten. And no matter how much you ate of the manna, your hunger would return. Jesus’ nourishment is long term. He satisfies not just for today, but also tomorrow and the day after and the day after… to infinity!

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Lastly, manna did not save the nation of Israel from death. Not only did those who complained about the hunger die physically (only those born afterwards got to enter the Promised Land), they also died spiritually.

THE “GREATER THEN” SAYINGS

Jesus is greater than the Jewish Traditions

As we already know, a large portion of John’s original audience was people from the Jewish culture and religion. For this reason, he makes several statements about Jesus that has the purpose of showing how Jesus is “GREATER THAN” the Jewish traditions and religious beliefs and figures.

I am focusing in the next few sessions on the contrast between Jesus and the Jewish traditions.

Jesus is greater than the Passover

The Passover is an important celebration in the Jewish tradition. As a reminder to you, this is the festival that relates to the nation’s redemption from Egyptian slavery. If you want to read the full version, find it in Exodus. In short, God hears the pleas of the people, and sends Moses and Aaron to free them from slavery. Pharaoh refuses on several occasions to let them go, and each time God hits Egypt with a plague. The last of the ten plagues is the death of all the firstborns in the land. The people of Israel is given clear instructions on how to keep their houses safe (more…)

THE “GREATER THAN” SAYINGS.

Why would John include this in his gospel?

Joh 20:30, 31  And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:  But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. (KJV)

When John started to write his gospel, he had a specific audience and purpose in mind. These two influenced how he wrote his gospel, and what he decided to include. No writer is able to give a clear moment-by-moment eyewitness account of life. This would be impossible to achieve for two reasons. First, it would take up too much space. Secondly, it would be beyond boring. Really, it would.

Therefore, not one of the writers of the gospels ever tell us that Jesus bathed, brushed his teeth, combed his hair or ate dinner. That does not mean he did not do these things, it only means that usually they were not important to the purpose of writing or to the intended audience. On several occasions we do read that Jesus ate, (more…)

The “GREATER THAN” SAYINGS

Why would John include this in his gospel?

Joh 20:30, 31  And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:  But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. (KJV)

When John started to write his gospel, he had a specific audience and purpose in mind. These two influenced how he wrote his gospel, and what he decided to include. No writer is able to give a clear moment-by-moment eyewitness account of life. This would be impossible to achieve for two reasons. First, it would take up too much space. Secondly, it would be beyond boring. Really, it would.

Therefore, not one of the writers of the gospels ever tell us that Jesus bathed, brushed his teeth, combed his hair or ate dinner. That does not mean he did not do these things, (more…)