COLLECT OF THE WEEK
Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. - Book of Common Prayer, p. 218
“Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” This was Jesus’ answer to the Jews who demanded a sign to justify His authority to drive the money-changers out of the temple. We all admire someone who says they are going to do something great and then does it, but this was going to be the miracle of miracles – rising from the dead.
The irony here is that Jesus was referring to His body while the Jews thought He was talking about the temple of Jerusalem. He knew well in advance that He would have to endure the agony of death on the cross. He also knew of the coming glory when He would rise from the dead and ascend into heaven at the right hand of the Father.
As we follow Jesus’ road to the cross this Lenten season, pray that we would have the humility to put the will of the Father ahead of our own desires.