The Better Temple | Arrival Part 1 | Lehi
ARRIVAL: reaching a place at the end of a journey.
SERIES THESIS: You can arrive NOW because Jesus arrived then.
Isaiah 49:6 “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”
RELIGION always has sacred places guarded by sacred men who are the gatekeepers of sacred texts.
Matthew 12:6 “I tell you that something greater than the temple is here.”
Mark 11:15-17 On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, 16 and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. 17 And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it a den of robbers.”
To Jesus, the Temple was not a lighthouse but a MORTUARY.
Matthew 24:2 Truly I tell you, not one stone will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”
Jesus arrival, Christmas, means the end of RELIGION.
1 Corinthians 6:19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own…
Churches are not sacred BUILDINGS for God but a body of sacred PEOPLE for God.
“There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilization - these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit… Next to the blessed sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses.” C.S. Lewis
BIG TAKEAWAY: If you want to be CLOSE to God, get close to His people.
BOTTOM LINE: God arrives in PEOPLE not places.
1. Would you rather be a guest or have guests at Christmas? Explain.
2. Our Christmas series is called Arrival. What does it mean to ‘arrive’? Have you ever thought to yourself, “I’ve finally arrived”? When was that? What were the circumstances?
3. Read Matthew 12:6 and 1 Corinthians 6:19. Why would Jesus say that he is a better (“greater”) Temple? What could He do that the Jewish Temple could not do?
4. Read Mark 11:15-17 and the surrounding context. Why was Jesus so upset at the jews in the Temple area?
5. Read the Big Takeaway and the Bottom Line. How will these truths impact your Christmas season?