Advent 2010 Part V: Something Greater than the Temple
When responding to the critique of the Pharisees on one occasion, Jesus remarks, “Something greater than the Temple is here.” In light of our discussion last week, the meaning of the Tabernacle/Temple, I would like you to notice the remarkable claim that Jesus is making: Something greater than the Temple is here – the Temple that was designed to testify that God is with us, the Temple that was designed to point Israel back to the Garden of Eden, the Temple that was designed to remind Israel of God’s promise that through them all the families of the earth would be blessed. Something greater than the Temple is here among you. What exactly is Jesus’ saying? What does He mean by this? By declaring, “Something greater than the Temple is here.” Clearly He is pointing to Himself – He is greater than the Temple. So how can that be?
Stuart Bryan is the pastor of Trinity Church. He and his wife, Paige, have seven children, four homegrown, two adopted from the lovely land of Guatemala, and one adopted from Ukraine. Stuart earned his B.A. in Religion from Whitworth College and his M.A. in Theological and Historical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida.