Jesus had just chased the merchants out of the temple. He was furious at what was going on.
How dare he, thought the Jews. So … they confronted him. They wanted to know what authority gave him permission to tear up the temple.
Of course, Jesus knew. God had sent Jesus on a mission. Jesus was going to complete it. Jesus was acting under God’s authority. The ultimate proof would be his death and resurrection.
I challenge God and Jesus. I want to answers to certain questions. Jesus answers in a way I don’t expect. God is God. God has a plan. None of what God is doing is contingent on my approval.
But the Jews were upset. They asked, “What credentials can you present to justify this?” Jesus answered, “Tear down this Temple and in three days I’ll put it back together.”
They were indignant: “It took forty-six years to build this Temple, and you’re going to rebuild it in three days?” But Jesus was talking about his body as the Temple. Later, after he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered he had said this. They then put two and two together and believed both what was written in Scripture and what Jesus had said.
During the time he was in Jerusalem, those days of the Passover Feast, many people noticed the signs he was displaying and, seeing they pointed straight to God, entrusted their lives to him. But Jesus didn’t entrust his life to them. He knew them inside and out, knew how untrustworthy they were. He didn’t need any help in seeing right through them.