“If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” In first century Jewish culture one of the expectations of the Messiah was that he would restore the Temple to prominence in Jewish life. The Temple had been designed by King David and built by his son King Solomon. Over the years the Temple had to be physically rebuilt and spiritually restored due to numerous conquests of the Jewish people. When the Syrians occupied the land, a sacrifice to the pagan god Zeus was held in the Temple. This “desolating sacrilege” of the Temple triggered a successful revolt led by Judas Maccabee. Once the Jews returned to the land and reclaimed the Temple, it was necessary to rebuild and rededicate the Temple to God.
April 10, 2016 Sermon Easter 3C
April 3, 2016 Sermon Second Sunday of Easter