3. Jesus' authority is above God's law
Jesus' disciples plucked ears of corn
to eat on a Sabbath day, an activity which the Pharisees condemned
as against the law of the Sabbath. Jesus defended His disciples'
actions by saying, "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the
Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath" (Mark
4. The risen Christ is God's new temple
Jesus cleansed the temple of the money
changers and responded to the Jews' demand for a sign to justify His
actions by saying, "Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again
in three days" (John 2:18-19). Some of Jesus' accusers repeated
these words as a main charge against Him when Jesus appeared before
the Sanhedrin (Matthew 26:61). After Jesus' resurrection His
disciples finally understood that "the temple he had spoken of was
his [resurrected] body" (John 2:21).
From the book: Faith to Faith,
by Chawkat Moucarry, Liecester, England: IVP. 2001. Pages 197-200.
Used with permission.