This week, we’ll be walking in Jesus’ footsteps to the cross and beyond.
What’s the first thing Jesus did after he got to Jerusalem? According to eyewitness reports:
Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves.
“It is written,” he said to them,
“‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’
but you are making it a ‘den of robbers.'”
What made Jesus so angry? Prayer was being squeezed out by crass commercialism. When the disciples saw Jesus in action, they remembered these words: “zeal for your house will consume me” (Psalm 69:9, John 2:17). Jesus is dead serious about prayer. He wants his temple free from anything that might distract from that essential function.
What happened next? The “blind and lame came to him at the temple and he healed them” (Matthew 21:14). One witness added this chilling detail: the religious leaders “began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching” (Mark 12:18).
What does this have to do with us today? Here’s what the Bible says:
Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple. (1 Corinthians 3:16-17)
We’re God’s temple in the world today. We’re supposed to be a house of prayer. Ask Jesus to drive out anything in your life that’s getting in the way.