THE STORY OF JESUS: John 2:13-25
“Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” (John 2:16)
Why does Jesus get so worked up in the temple?
The temple was where God connected with His people in the Jewish faith.
These money-chargers were charging admission, and cheating the people who came.
The building was for the people, the leaders turned made it for the profit.
God’s passion has always been for the people, especially the oppressed.
In Jesus, God steps in to help all people, to rescue them from sin.
His passion reveals God’s passion; His death reveals God’s deep love.
Jesus continues to work against injustice, greed, cruelty, poverty.
But He does this through His followers – you and me.
When we see injustice, do we side with those being treated unfairly?
When we see hunger or poverty or sickness, do we help Jesus (Matthew 25:37-40)?
He has forgiven us, set us free, given us the Spirit’s power, and shown us what to do.
Will we ignore the suffering of others, will we be passive when injustice occurs?
Or will share Jesus’ passion – will you step in with Jesus, like Jesus, for Jesus?
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, You stepped in to reconnect us to God. May Your Spirit fan into flame a zeal for You, for Your creation, for Your family, for justice and mercy, love and peace! Help me to share Your passion!