Destroy this temple

Jesus said, ‘Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.’…the temple he had spoken of was his body. John 2:19;21 It is ironic that a secular state mourns the devastation of a church, and people have cried about the damage to  Notre Dame. In a country that prides itself on its secularism and rationalism and is suspicious of religion, there is a pledge to rebuild the cathedral, and the Easter story is being used to talk about its ‘resurrection’. This seems to be an illustration of the need for people to believe in something, to have an anchor to their lives, to acknowledge that there is more to life than the material. However, in our post-modern culture, there is a resistance to meeting that need through Jesus Christ. Today we proclaim Christ crucified and risen from the dead. In Jesus people will find an anchor for their lives, new life for today and the assurance of resurrection in the time when the temples and achievements of humankind are of no importance. The women were the first to hear the news of resurrection, but the men were sceptical. They were all granted the privilege of meeting with Jesus risenfrom the dead, but his words to Thomas apply to us: ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’ Our hope is not in a building resurrected, but Jesus raised from the dead.