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Why does Jesus care so much about your inside condition?
John 2.13-16 – The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. 15 Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16 He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!”
Consider the cleansing of the Temple by thinking about the example below.
Imagine this scene. You are in your backyard playing with a small child. You notice a copperhead snake has slithered into the back corner of your yard. Your response is to quickly get the child to safety and then to remove the snake.
We have things in our lives that are harmful to us and others. In love, Jesus comes to remove them.
The authorities question Jesus’ authority.
John 2.17-22 – His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” 18 The Jews then said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” 19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20 The Jews then said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?” 21 But he was speaking of the temple of his body. 22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.
The question of authority revolves around this question, “Who is in control here?” The Temple authorities wanted to know why Jesus was acting as if he was in control. We will see this tension arise between Jesus and authorities until they put him on the cross. As Jesus predicted, he was risen from the dead three day later. Praise God!
“Who is in control of your life” is a question worth answering. Do we accept Jesus authority, or do we resist it in pursuit of our own best thinking?
I can trust Jesus, but can he really trust me?
John 2.23-24 – When he was in Jerusalem during the Passover festival, many believed in his name because they saw the signs that he was doing. 24 But Jesus on his part would not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people 25 and needed no one to testify about anyone; for he himself knew what was in everyone.
People believed in Jesus. They trusted him to be who he said he was, because they witnessed his miracles. However, Jesus knew their inside condition and that he could not trust them. They simply were not ready to genuinely follow him.
Dear God, I trust Jesus and I accept his right to take control of my life. As I speak these words to you, please give me the power to let Jesus drive out anything he desires from my thoughts and actions.
This passage invites us to pray, “Jesus, is there anything in my life you want to drive out?” It also challenges us to pray, “Jesus, I trust you, but can you trust me?” Let’s agree to pray like this today. Thanks.