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John 2

Cleansing the Temple

by Steve Horn on April 11, 2019

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Just as quickly as John revealed who Jesus is, he also revealed what Jesus is going to do. Through the telling of the temple cleansing, John introduced the future resurrection of Jesus. The Synoptic Gospels place the cleansing of the temple in the last week of Jesus’ life. John’s placement of the story here creates a historical problem for us. Three options are available to us as we strive to answer this question. One option is to suggest that either John or the other Gospel writers were in error. No serious person who reveres God’s word as the inspired word of God would consider this as a possibility. The second option is that Jesus cleansed the temple on two different occasions. Though this is possible, it seems unlikely that the other Gospels (especially Luke, who purposed to give a chronological account of the life and ministry of Jesus) would not have mentioned this earlier cleansing. The third and best option suggests that since John’s purpose was more theological than chronological he placed the story here to advance his purpose. John’s placement of this story in chapter two sure fits our thesis that John desired to get to the point quickly about Jesus. The story of the cleansing of the temple allows John to foreshadow Jesus’ resurrection very early in his Gospel.

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