On Jesus’ way into the Temple he saw a fig tree and cursed it saying, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again!” Immediately he went into the Temple and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers and said, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a robbers’ den.” Afterward the Jews questioned him saying, “What sign do you show us as your authority for doing these things?” Jesus answered them saying, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” Of course the Jews didn’t really understand what he was talking about, but he was foretelling of his death, burial and resurrection which is the means God was going to deal with man’s sin once and for all.
Something came to me about this story recently I just had to share and maybe you will see it the same way I did. Remember the fig tree played a huge role in man’s original sin. It was after all, fig leaves Adam and Eve used to cover themselves. Here we see Jesus cursing the fig tree as he entered the Temple. I think he was showing us what began as fig leaves in the Garden had grown into a religious system that had become corrupt and now was the time for it to come to an end. Just as the fig tree would no longer produce leaves to cover man’s shame; the earthly Temple with its priesthood and animal sacrifices were no longer necessary either.
Jesus told them “Tear down this Temple, meaning his body, and he would raise it again in three days.” Jesus was telling us, not only of his coming resurrection, but it seems he might have been hinting that the body, our bodies, are the real Temple of the Holy Spirit. We are no longer going to need fig leaves or animal blood because God himself was going to enter his people and dwell within them forever!
Taken from Mark 11 and John 2
Written by Louie