“Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up” (v19). John makes it clear to us that Jesus was “speaking about the temple of his body” (v21). The temple in Jerusalem had been built as the center of worship for Israel; it housed the Holy Place of God’s presence and the sacrifices and offerings. But all these things would ultimately be fulfilled by Jesus himself, who declared that “something greater than the temple is here” (Matt 12:6).
“When therefore he was raised from the dead …” (v22). Jesus is alive, and through relationship with him – our high priest and sacrifice - we can enter God’s presence.