Sermon Bites 07/13/08

Jesus Leaves The Temple

”And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple:” Matthew 24:1 (KJV).

There are a few things we need to see concerning Jesus leaving the temple. This phrase “Jesus went out, and departed from the temple” seems almost permanent. In Matthew’s Gospel this would be the final time Jesus visited the temple, before His cross in Jerusalem. Luke’s account of Jesus’s lament over the city does not mention all that Matthew records; they are totally different (Luke 19:41-44). Following Matthew’s account Jesus leaves the temple not to return again until He comes in His glory as King of kings (23:39).

I. JESUS LEFT BECAUSE AS THEY HAD REJECTED THE PROPHETS AND THE LAW, THEY REJECTED HIM (Matthew 23:37).

II. JESUS LEFT BECAUSE THE LEADERS AND THE PEOPLE REFUSED HIS SOLACE, COMFORT, AND PROTECTION (23:37).

III. JESUS LEFT BECAUSE THE HOUSE WAS TO BE LEFT DESOLATE (23:38).

IV. JESUS LEFT BECAUSE THEY WERE TO NOT BELIEVE UNTIL HE COMES AGAIN (23:39).

V. JESUS LEFT THE TEMPLE THAT SCRIPTURE MIGHT BE FULFILLED; THAT THE GLORY SHALL RETURN (Matthew 24:1; Ezekiel 43:1-2)

-Tim A. Blankenship

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