Years ago a friend of mine called me to ask for help. His wife had been out of town for a conference for several days and was going to return home the next day. The problem was that his house was a disaster partly because he had been sick for some of the time she was gone. He did not want his wife to be disappointed when she came home. He had done so many things to help me at times, so I gladly went over to help him out. After a few hours the place looked much better.
One day Jesus came to the Temple. He saw how the Temple had been turned into a market place with people selling things and exchanging money. Out of righteous indignation, he made a whip of cords and chased the people out of the Temple saying in John 2:16:
To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!”
When we come together to worship, we should be mindful of our motives. Later in John, which we will see in a few weeks, Jesus said that those who worship God must do so in spirit and in truth.
The religious leaders asked what sign Jesus would do to show he had authority to do what he did. Jesus replied:
Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”
They thought he was talking about the Temple building, but Jesus was talking about his earthly body, his death by crucifixion, and his resurrection. His disciples understood this after Jesus’ death and resurrection.
Jesus stayed a while and performed some miracles. It was during the time of the Passover Feast one of the most important religious observances for the Jews. People believed in him because of the miracles he performed, but Jesus did not entrust himself to them. In John 2:24-25 we see:
But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people. He did not need any testimony about mankind, for he knew what was in each person.
What happened at the Temple, while an actual event, is also symbolic of us and how we mess up our lives. We need to be cleaned up. Jesus knows what is in us, but the good news is that because he loves us, he died for us for our forgiveness, and when we trust in him, he will help us clean up the mess of our lives.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.