Zeal and Passion for the Temple of God (20101123)

“When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem.  14  In the temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money.  15  So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.  16  To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market!”  17  His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”  (John 2:13-17, NIV)

What was to be a house of prayer and incense had been allowed to become a market filled with the stench of a stockyard.  With a passion for holiness rarely seen today Jesus drove out the money changers and purified the temple. 

Likewise, with a view towards the establishment of a new covenant between God and man, Jesus would once again with passion drive out the darkness by suffering the violence of the cross, in order that you and I might become the holy temple of God.

Living Big In Jesus,