Peter Leithart reflects on the Sanhedrin’s horror at Jesus’ statement that he would destroy and then rebuild the temple. While he was referring to his body, they took it as an offense against the center of their religious life. Rather than wanting a God who claims this power,
They want a god of guarantees, whose entire reason for being is to ensure that their temple will stand and keep standing, no matter what. Like all pagans, they want a god who ensures the persistence of the past, not a God who breaks down to make a new future. For them, a God who destroys and raises up is a blasphemous God.
That’s what Sanhedrins of every age long for: A god who sanctions their tradition. They will always send a God who kicks over their little monuments to the cross.
A caution for Christians in every era.