Thursday, March 12, 2009
In today's text we encounter the familiar scripture of Jesus angered and cleaning the temple. Some merchants were taking advantage of the people coming to town for the passover charging extremely high prices and being unfair. At the sight of this Jesus was enraged and went off.
Let's look John 2:13-22 13 The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money-changers seated at their tables. 15Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. 16He told those who were selling the doves, ‘Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a market-place!’ 17His disciples remembered that it was written, ‘Zeal for your house will consume me.’ 18The Jews then said to him, ‘What sign can you show us for doing this?’ 19Jesus answered them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’ 20The Jews then said, ‘This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?’ 21But he was speaking of the temple of his body. 22After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.
What things in you life do you need to clean up, kick out and keep up this Lenten season, as we approach spring in April and May? What things are Christ trying to clean up in you? march and April are the months when many students are on spring brake and many homes embark on spring cleaning task, I encourage you to take some of this time and clean up your temple, your body, and your life. We should always strive for Christian perfection.