John 2:18-22 (NLT)
18 Then the Jews demanded of him, "What miraculous sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?" 19 Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days." 20 The Jews replied, "It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?" 21 But the temple he had spoken of was his body. 22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the Scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.
Jesus had been outraged over the way the temple was being used. The Jews demanded a sign from Jesus to prove He had authority. Jesus didn’t immediately give them a sign, but told them of a sign to come; “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” The Jews thought Jesus was referring to the temple they were in, but Jesus was referring to His death and resurrection. In either case they did not believe in His miraculous power.
The base of the temple where Jesus and the Jews were having their discussion still stands today. The temple structure on the base was destroyed by the Romans and has never been rebuilt. The base which remains is massive and is built from carved stone. It stands 9 stories tall and covers an area of 30 football fields. So when Jesus said He would raise up the temple in 3 days the Jews were in disbelief because they knew it had taken 46 years to move the massive stones to build the temple. If they would have had any belief in Jesus they would have known He could even put the temple together one stone at a time in 3 days. Yet Jesus was talking about how He would die and then 3 days later he would be raised to life; which was a great miracle many still did not believe. Jesus is capable of many miracles. He waits on each one of us to come to Him in faith so that He can give us the miracle of eternal life. He wants to transform us in a miraculous way to a new way of living here on earth so that we have joy and peace in our lives. Have you asked Jesus to perform a miracle in your life? Pray that whatever you need your life would be touched in a miraculous way. Pray Jesus would bless your life with a renewed spirit. Pray for the mercy and grace He desires to bestow on each of us. And always praise His holy name.