It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration, so Jesus went to Jerusalem.
In the Temple area he saw merchants selling cattle, sheep, and doves for sacrifices; he also saw dealers at tables exchanging foreign money. Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple. He drove out the sheep and cattle, scattered the money changers’ coins over the floor, and turned over their tables. Then, going over to the people who sold doves, he told them, “Get these things out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a marketplace!”
Then his disciples remembered this prophecy from the Scriptures: “Passion for God’s house will consume me.”
But the Jewish leaders demanded, “What are you doing? If God gave you authority to do this, show us a miraculous sign to prove it.”
“All right,” said Jesus. “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.”
“What!” they said. “It’s taken forty-six years to build this Temple, and you can rebuild it in three days?” But when Jesus said “this temple,” he was talking about his own body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered he had said this, and they believed both the Scriptures and what Jesus had told them.
Because of the miraculous signs Jesus did in Jerusalem during the Passover celebration, many began to put their faith in him. But Jesus didn’t entrust himself to them, because he knew all about people. No one needed to tell him about human nature, for he knew what was in a person’s heart.