Sermon #1538                               Miscellaneous Sermons


     Title:      Jesus walked in the Temple

     Text:      John 10:22-23

     Subject: The Presence of Christ in Our Assemblies

     Date:     Sunday Morning—August 24, 2002

     Tape #   X-76b

     Reading:    Bob Duff and Merle Hart



We have been praying for the Lord’s blessing upon our upcoming conference for many weeks. We have invested money, labor, time, and care in making preparations for the meeting. I hope the conference will be a blessed time of fellowship with friends, old and new. I hope we will be blessed and that we will be a blessing. But there is one thing I want more than anything else, one thought that has been on my heart more than anything else, one thing  about which I have made a matter of prayer more than anything else. I hope this is your great concern as well.—Will the Lord walk in our midst? That is what I want to talk to you about tonight. My text will be John 10:22-23.


(John 10:22-23)  "And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter. {23} And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon's porch."


Jesus walked in the temple.” Oh, may he be pleased to do so again! “Jesus walked in the temple.


·       Where? "at Jerusalem—in the temple—in Solomon’s porch."


The whole length of the four sides of the outer court of the temple was three quarters of a mile. The eastern side was "Solomon’s Porch. " It contained a large gallery of columns in double rows. Each column, thirty-five feet high, consisted of one piece of white marble. The roof above was in panels of cedar-wood. The view, through the columns, eastward and outward, ranged across the valley over the Mount of Olives. The inward view was into the court itself, which was planted with trees.


As the Master walked among the columns of Solomon’s porch, I cannot helping wondering what must have been going through his mind at the time.

o      Jerusalem’s coming ruin?

o      The typical significance of the temple being fulfilled?

o      The accomplishment of his mission?

o      The trials his diciples must soon endure?


·       When? "It was winter." Truly, this is a time of spiritual winter!


·       The Ocassion? "It was the feast of the dedication."


Dr. Gill tells us, “This was the feast of dedication, appointed by Judas Maccabaeus and his brethren, on account of the purging the temple, and renewing the altar, after the profanation of them by Antiochus; which feast lasted eight days, and began on the twenty fifth of the month Cisleu, which answers to part of our December.”


The feast of dedication, like our annual conference was a time set aside by the Jews to celebrate God’s goodness in restoring his worship after a long period of spiritual darkness and idolatry. It was an annual service of consecration and renewed devotion to the worship of God.


Proposition: That which stands out about this particular event is the fact that the Lord Jesus Christ was there, walking with his disciples in the temple.


As we have come together tonight, as we plan to come together with many friends from around the world next weekend, as we come together every Sunday morning, every Sunday evening, and every Tuesday night through out the year, I want three questions to be uppermost in our thoughts.


I. WILL Our Savior BE HERE?


Will he be in our assembly? The place may be a very Jerusalem; but will he be there? Our meeting place may be a temple; but will he be there. It may be a high day; but will the Lord be with us? It may be cold and wintry; but what of that if he be there? Our one eager inquiry is about his presence, and we feel sure that he will come, for-


A.   We have asked him to visit us; and he will not refuse his friends.

B.   We have tried to prepare for him. We are waiting to welcome him, as Cornelius waited to hear Peter.

C.   We have great need of him, and he is full of compassion.

D.  We have some of his brethren here among us, and these bring him with them: indeed, he is in them.

E.   We have those here whom he is seeking. He seeks lost sheep, and such are here.

F.    He has promised to come wherever two or three gather in his name (Matt. 18:20).


·       Trusting Him.

·       Seeking His Will.

·       To Worship Him.

·       For His Glory.

·       For The Increase of His Kingdom.


John Trapp wrote, “When Christ saith, ‘I will be with you,’ you may add what you will - to protect you, to direct you, to comfort you, to carry on the work of grace in you, and in the end to crown you with immortality and glory. All this and more is included in this precious promise.”


G.  He has been with us for a long time.




He will-


A.   If we prize his company, and feel that we cannot live without it. We must by earnest prayer constrain him to abide with us (Luke 24:29).

B.   If we love him, love his truth, and delight to make it known.

C.   If we obey his voice.

D.  If we reverence him, his Word, and his worship.

E.   If we are united in love to him, to one another, and to poor sinners.

F.    If we sit at his feet like Mary of old.

G.  If we are jealously watchful.




A.   He will walk among us.

B.   He will grieve over the spiritual condition of many, even as he mourned over the ruin of Jerusalem.

C.   He will wait to give audience to any who desire to speak with him.

D.  He will speak by his servant; and his Word, whether received or rejected, will come with great authority and power.

E.   He will show us the temple itself. He is himself the key to it. Indeed, he is the Temple (Rev. 21:22).


(Rev 21:22)  "And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it."


·       The Temple (Heb. 9:11; Rev. 15:5).


(Heb 9:11)  "But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;"


(Rev 15:5)  "And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened:"


·       The Altar (Heb. 8:10; Rev. 8:3).


(Heb 8:10)  "For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:"


(Rev 8:3)  "And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne."


·       The Sacrifice (Heb. 9:28; 1 Cor. 5:7).


(1 Cor 5:7)  "Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us:"


(Heb 9:28)  "So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation."


·       The Showbread (Heb. 9:2).


(Heb 9:2)  "For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the showbread; which is called the sanctuary."


·       The Veil (Heb. 10:20).


(Heb 10:20)  "By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;"


·       The Ark and Mercy-seat (Heb. 9:4-5; 10:19-20; 1 John 1:7-2:2)


(Heb 9:4-5)  "Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; {5} And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly."


(Heb 10:19-20)  "Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, {20} By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;"


(1 John 1:7-10)  "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. {8} If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. {9} If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. {10} If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us."


(1 John 2:1-2)  "My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: {2} And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world."


·       The Priest (Heb. 10:12, 21-22).


(Heb 10:12)  "But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;"


(Heb 10:21-22)  "And having an high priest over the house of God; {22} Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water."


F.    He will to his own people reveal his glory, his mercy, his grace, and his love, as once the Lord's light shone above the mercy-seat.


H.  He will take us where he always walks, but where there is no winter: to the New Jerusalem, to the temple, to a more beautiful building than Solomon's Porch (Rev. 21:10-11).




(Rev 3:20)  "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me."


How do you respond to that? How do I?


·       Speak Lord?

·       I have put off my coat. How shall I put it on?


(Psa 102:13)  "Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come."