After this, Jesus, his mother, brothers, and disciples went to the city of Capernaum and stayed there for a few days.
The Jewish Passover was near, so Jesus went to Jerusalem.
He found those who were selling cattle, sheep, and pigeons in the temple courtyard. He also found moneychangers sitting there.
He made a whip from small ropes and threw everyone with their sheep and cattle out of the temple courtyard. He dumped the moneychangers' coins and knocked over their tables.
He told those who sold pigeons, "Pick up this stuff, and get it out of here! Stop making my Father's house a marketplace!"
His disciples remembered that Scripture said, "Devotion for your house will consume me."
The Jews reacted by asking Jesus, "What miracle can you show us to justify what you're doing?"
Jesus replied, "Tear down this temple, and I'll rebuild it in three days."
The Jews said, "It took forty-six years to build this temple. Do you really think you're going to rebuild it in three days?"
But the temple Jesus spoke about was his own body.
After he came back to life, his disciples remembered that he had said this. So they believed the Scripture and this statement that Jesus had made.
While Jesus was in Jerusalem at the Passover festival, many people believed in him because they saw the miracles that he performed.
Jesus, however, was wary of these believers. He understood people
and didn't need anyone to tell him about human nature. He knew what people were really like.