I tell you, something greater than the temple is here. ~Matthew 12:6
Behold, something greater than Jonah is here. ~Matthew 12:41
Behold, something greater than Solomon is here. ~Matthew 12:42
Today’s three verses are three statements that Jesus made in short succession, each designating Himself as the fulfillment of and the one superior to the most important institutions in Israel. With two simple words, “Something greater,” Jesus points to Himself as the fulfillment of the offices of prophet, priest, and king.
Jesus is greater than the temple, which was the center of the priesthood and the sacrificial system and the holy of holies where God met with His people. He is greater than the temple, because He is the Great High Priest, He is the sacrifice, and He is the Way by which we meet with God.
Jesus is greater than Jonah, the prophet whose preaching led to the greatest revival in the Old Testament–the repentance of the entire evil city of Nineveh. Jesus is greater than Jonah, for He is not just the messenger; He is the message, the incarnate Word of God whose life and power will redeem people from every tribe and tongue and nation.
Jesus is greater than Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, and the richest king of Israel. Jesus Himself is the wisdom of God, and is both the infinitely great King of the universe, and the all-satisfying treasure of His people.
In every way, Jesus Christ is preeminent and supreme as our prophet, priest, and king.
Holy Spirit, Open my eyes to the splendor of Jesus Christ, so that my heart will be enthralled and satisfied in Him, and gladly delight in making much of Him for all eternity. Help me to truly see Him as supreme over all religious symbols and ceremonies, over all knowledge and wisdom, over all wealth and power, and to desire His fullness more than any of these other passing shadows that the world values.
“Never forget what Jesus did for you. Never take lightly what it cost Him. And never assume that if it cost Him His very life, that it won’t also cost you yours.” ~Rich Mullins
This post is written by Brendan Beale, author of Cross Connections