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Jesus in the Temple

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Jesus walked to Jerusalem, when the time was close for the Jewish Passover to begin. Jesus always walked in the way of compassion which is also the way of healing. One must have God’s spiritual strength in order to be openhearted and kind. Kindness is not necessarily softness- kindness is a virtue for the strong in spirit.

As Jesus entered into the temple courtyard, he noticed it was filled with merchants selling oxen, lambs, and doves for high prices, while others were being unfair in exchanging currency behind their counters. Also the Savior’s heart was grieved, as he saw religious leaders, who had been given spiritual keys to bring God’s people close to Him use, abuse, and arrogantly elevate themselves above those whom they were sent to serve. His righteous anger was towards the self- righteous, religious ones that had lost His heart.

So Jesus found some rope and made it into a whip. Then he drove out every one of them and their animals from the courtyard of the temple, and he kicked over their tables filled with money, scattering it everywhere. Jesus was a strong man with powerful energy-how else could he overturn the tables of the money changers? Jesus had courage and strength!

Then Jesus shouted at the merchants, “Get these things out of here! Don’t you dare make my Father’s house into a center for merchandise?” That’s when his disciples remembered the Scripture: “I am consumed with a fiery passion to keep your house pure!” Jesus was zealous for the purity of Love in His Father’s house. He wanted it to be a house of prayer, a place of peace, not a house full of hurtful, false things.

Many religious people, including Christian’s, inappropriately act out their anger, and call it righteous anger when they have a disagreement with others. That is not what Jesus did in the temple! This was not about His ego or needing to prove Himself- He was zealous for the purity of His Father’s house to be a house full of God’s love and truth, so all could receive help. He had the wisdom and discernment to understand with justice. He did not hold on to anger towards the moneychangers, merchants, religious leaders, Romans, or anyone that had part in this religious circus. He only longed for all to be able to receive the truth that the Father loved the world, so He sent His Son, Jesus. Remember, when He chose to hang on the cross for our sins, He said, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”. Jesus had only goodwill for those who came against Him.

Let us look to Jesus, and the power of the Holy Spirit to give us the energy and courage to walk humbly in God’s Truth. It is only through His strength that we will be able to release the pain of our ego’s emotional struggles with others , learn to forgive, and learn how to have good will towards those we don’t like or disagree with.

John 2:12-18

 

 

 

 

 

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