What was the attitude of Jesus toward the temple in Jerusalem?
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114. How did Jesus conduct himself in regard to the Law of Israel?
Jesus did not abolish the Law given by God to Moses on Mount Sinai but he fulfilled it by
giving it its definitive interpretation. He himself was the divine Legislator who fully carried
out this Law. Furthermore, as the faithful Servant, he offered by means of his expiatory death
the only sacrifice capable of making atonement for all the “transgressions committed by men
under the first Covenant” (Hebrews 9:15).
115. What was the attitude of Jesus toward the temple in Jerusalem?
Jesus was accused of hostility to the temple. On the contrary, he venerated it as “the house of
his Father” (John 2:16); and it was there that he imparted an important part of his teaching.
However, he also foretold its destruction in connection with his own death and he presented
himself as the definitive dwelling place of God among men.
116. Did Jesus contradict Israel's faith in the one God and savior?
Jesus never contradicted faith in the one God, not even when he performed the stupendous
divine work which fulfilled the messianic promises and revealed himself as equal to God,
namely the pardoning of sins. However, the call of Jesus to believe in him and to be
converted makes it possible to understand the tragic misunderstanding of the Sanhedrin
which judged Jesus to be worthy of death as a blasphemer.
117. Who is responsible for the death of Jesus?
The passion and death of Jesus cannot be imputed indiscriminately either to all the Jews that
were living at that time or to their descendants. Every single sinner, that is, every human
being is really the cause and the instrument of the sufferings of the Redeemer; and the greater
blame in this respect falls on those above all who are Christians and who the more often fall
into sin or delight in their vices.