It is common to ignore what happened after Jesus overturned the tables of the money changers in the Temple. For it is written, “the blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them.” (Mat 21.14 – which is followed by a dispute with the chief priests) In overturning the tables, Jesus has encapsulated the judgment for the Temple. The Temple, indeed, would be destroyed by the Romans during the siege of Jerusalem in 70 CE. Nevertheless, healing follows after judgment. Thus, in this case, when Jesus healed the blind and the lame, he indicated that the judgment would not be the final say. The Temple would be judged, and reconstituted around Jesus. Jesus performed what the Temple was supposed to function — a place where people will be healed. Jesus, then, is the Temple. The church’s identity, as the body of Christ, of being the temple of God is hence secondary and derivative from the primacy of Christ its Head as the Temple of God.
1. Perrin, Nicholas. Jesus the Temple. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2010.