The New Temple
In John 2, Jesus cleansed the temple. Presumably there was anger in the voices that demanded to know his credentials. On what authority did He do this? He answered by a prophetic appeal to His own death and resurrection couched in terms of the destruction and raising again of another temple (John 2:19-22).
Could any more daring way have been found to express the old order's inadequacy? To a Jew, the temple was the most important building on earth. To Jesus, however, it was but a shadow, a temporary context for entering the presence of God. Christ was the reality to which such shadows pointed. He was God the Son come to "tabernacle among us" (John 1:14). Jesus Himself is the new temple.
Quote from Sinclair Ferguson's, In Christ Alone.
Comments: With this in mind, Christians who think that rebuilding the physical temple is somehow a positive development are actually taking us backwards in redemptive history. Returning to the shadows is severely warned against in the book of Hebrews as a rejection of Christ Himself ... a profound misapprehension of the gospel. Christ is a better high priest, and, in His resurrection, a complete fulfillment of the temple. A fulfillment of all shadows.