After this Jesus went down to Capernaum in company with his mother, his brothers, and his disciples; but they did not stay there long.
As it was near the time of the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. There he found in the Temple the dealers in cattle, sheep, and pigeons–and the money-changers seated at their tables. Jesus made a whip of cords and drove them out of the Temple: sheep, cattle, and all.
He upset the tables of the money-changers, scattering their coins. Then he turned on the dealers in pigeons: “Take them out,” he said. “You must not turn my Father’s house into a market.”
HIs disciples recalled the words of Scripture, “Zeal for thy house shall destroy me.”
The “Jews” challenged Jesus, “What sign,” they asked, “can you show us as authority for doing this?”
“Destroy this Temple,” Jesus replied, “and in three days I will raise it again.”
They said, “It’s taken 46 years to build this Temple, and [we should knock it down so] you can raise it again in three days?”
But the temple he was speaking of was his body. After his resurrection his disciples recalled what he had said, and they believed the Scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.