In 1959, Frank Lloyd Wright was voted the greatest architect in American history. Over a 70-year period, he designed more than 1,000 structures—homes, buildings, and gardens among them. Still, King David anticipated a building that would have greater significance than any by Wright. We find in 1 Chronicles chapter 22 that David envisioned a Temple where people all over the world would come to worship Yahweh. David’s son Solomon built it only to have the Romans destroy it in 70 A.D. But King David’s Son, Jesus Christ, more than fulfills what the Romans destroyed. Jesus once said, “Destroy this Temple and in three days I will raise it up.” Jesus was speaking figuratively of his body as the Temple where God is present. By dying and rising again, Jesus formed a Temple not made by human hands, but composed of all who accept Him as their Savior. In accepting Jesus Christ, we become living stones of all classes, ethnicities, and genders—a Temple built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Jesus Christ as the Great Cornerstone. It will last forever because its Architect and Builder is none other than God Almighty.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More

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