John 2:19

19 Yeshua answered them, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up again."

John 2:19 Meaning and Commentary

John 2:19

Jesus answered and said unto them
In a dark and enigmaticai way, though very properly and pertinently; since it was with respect to the temple, and his power over it, and right to purge it, that a sign was required of him:

destroy this temple;
pointing, as it were, with his finger to his body; for of that he spake, as appears from ( John 2:21 ) , the dissolution of which, by death he means, the separation of his soul from his body, though not of either from his divine person: and it is to be understood, not as a command, or a grant, or as an exhortation, and advice to them, to kill his body; but rather as a prophecy of what they would do; or as putting the case, that should they, as he knew they would, destroy his body, then says he, as a sign of having a power to do what I have done,

in three days I will raise it again;
by which he would appear to be the Son of God, with power, that had power of laying down his life, and taking it up again; and is the very sign, namely, his resurrection from the dead on the third day, he gives the Jews, when they sought one of him at another time, and upon another occasion.

John 2:19 In-Context

17 (His talmidim later recalled that the Tanakh says, "Zeal for your house will devour me." )
18 So the Judeans confronted him by asking him, "What miraculous sign can you show us to prove you have the right to do all this?"
19 Yeshua answered them, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up again."
20 The Judeans said, "It took 46 years to build this Temple, and you're going to raise it in three days?"
21 But the "temple" he had spoken of was his body.