Posted by: pastordarren | April 6, 2009

Jesus at the Temple

During this week, I plan (no promises) to write about one event each day during what we call Holy Week, the week between Palm Sunday and Easter.  During this week in Jesus’ life, we see Him focused on the cross and His calling.  Too often we skip from Palm Sunday to Easter with little thought about what happens during the week.  Holy Week has been tough for me, not just because of the business but primarily because of the movement of the week.

Three of the Gospels, Matthew, Mark, and Luke, each describe Jesus as going into the Temple following the parade of Palm Sunday, one the next day and two that same day, but the stories are the same.

Mat 21:12-14  And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons.  He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.”  And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them.

The merchants and money changers were there doing what they thought was a service, providing animals for sacrifice and changing money for the proper currency.  Yet according to Jesus, something went wrong.  He said to them that you have missed the prupose of the Temple, My Father’s House, and made it into something that it was not meant to be.

Everytime I hear this story, my thoughts go in two different directions, one to the church and the other to my self.  If the church is God’s house today, what would Jesus come and ‘turn over and put out’?  How have we made the church, thinking we are doing right, into something that is far from what God has designed.  Do we follow our rules instead of God’s leading?  Have we made church into an institution instead of the Body of Christ?  Are we more concerned about style instead of substance?  Do we focus more on the appearance instead of the person and the Spirit?  I wonder what Jesus would say to the church of today.

The second part is the personal part and I pray the last two verses of Psalm 139 for God to search me and then lead me in the way of everlasting.

Jesus tells us some hard things and challeges us to do some deep searching and prayer through this story.  What do you think?

“Help us Jesus to be the church and the people you have called us to be.”

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