The Father’s house
This morning I have been reading continually the following passage, soaking myself in each word, praying that the Church aligns itself as the Father’s house. By that I don’t mean a building of course, but the people. Those of us who call ourselves Christ-followers, Christians. We are the Father’s house.
This passage is not the evidence needed for anyone in a position to be able to hold a whip to be offensive, rude, to have online anger issues or a soapbox- ranter. This is not the inspiration to be abusive to those who don’t see it the way you do, from pew to pulpit or pulpit to pew. This is not the excuse for abusive, coercive, subversive behaviour in your Church.
If this is righteous anger then it is the either the only time we see it or it could be only twice that Jesus clears the Temple in the 3 years (the other Gospels have Jesus clearing the Temple at the end of the 3 years).This is not a daily occurrence for the compassionate, loving Jesus. There was one other time when Jesus revealed the righteous anger of God and that was when he was on the cross. Oh for more of that kind of expression.
There is so much for me and you in this passage. I am led to simply write short one line notes this morning and if you are reading this then I pray the Holy Spirit will apply this to your life in the way only He can do.
Here is the passage.
John 2: 13-22
13 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple courts he found people 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 courts, 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! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” 17 His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.” 18 The Jews then responded to him, “What sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?” 19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” 20 They replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” 21 But the temple he had spoken of was his body. 22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.”
In the Father’s house:
There is the Passover Lamb of God.
(Jesus the Passover Lamb enters the Temple where the sacrifices were taking place)
- The atmosphere of forgiveness and grace.
- The act of selflessness.
- The place of standing in the gap for others and for God.
There is Passion.
(Jesus made a whip out of cords and cleared out what was wrong)
- That drives out prejudices and pretensions.
- That drives out hypocrisy and the con man.
- That drives out superiority and injustice.
There is Presence.
(Jesus makes clear He is the Temple and points to the reason for Him coming and later the disciples realise the Scriptures are fulfilled)
- Revealing the identity of Jesus not our personality.
- Revealing the Authority found in sacrifice not in persuasion.
- Revealing the Scriptures to stand on not our thoughts to impress.
May the Church become more aligned as the Father’s house this year!