Bible story: Jesus cleansing the temple
Creative activities based on the Bible story of Jesus cleansing the temple
John 2:13-25 tells the story of Jesus cleansing the temple. In this passage, Jesus visits the temple in Jerusalem and finds that merchants and money changers have turned it into a marketplace. He becomes angry and drives them out, saying "Stop turning my Father's house into a marketplace!"
The Jewish leaders ask Jesus for a sign to prove his authority, and he responds by saying that if they destroy the temple, he will raise it up in three days. They do not understand that he is speaking of his own body.
This passage highlights Jesus' authority and his zeal for the purity of worship in God's house. It also foreshadows his death and resurrection, which will ultimately prove his authority and save humanity.
We have compiled a range of creative ideas and activities below that relate to this Bible story. These resources are designed to help you share this important message in an engaging and interactive way, whether you are a children's ministry leader, a Sunday school teacher, or a religious educator in a Christian primary school.
Our activities below are suitable for use in various settings such as church children's programs, children's ministry, catechism classes, children's services, Bible clubs, vacation Bible school, and Sunday school, and will help students understand the relevance of the Bible to their lives, and the importance of applying its teachings in practical ways.