In my library, I have a sharp little devotional book called His Passion: Christ’s Journey to the Resurrection. In it are some great thoughts from some great men of the faith. I thought you might enjoy a few of them as we walk through this Holy Week together. A time for us to reflect on Jesus’ final days here on the earth. Here’s one from Greg Laurie…
When Jesus entered the temple courts, he began to drive out those who were selling. “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be a house of prayer’; but you have made it ‘a den of robbers’.
Jesus’ outburst in the temple shows us what righteous indignation looks like. He grew furious because the priests and their associates were keeping people away from God–and that always makes God very angry…
We should also remember that Jesus twice cleansed the temple, once at the beginning of His minisry and once toward the end (See John 2:13-17). For a while after the first cleansing, things at the temple ran well. But soon one man set up his table, the prices soared, and another joined him. In time, things got as bad as ever, so Jesus came back and did it again right before his death.
In a similar way, when we first come to Christ, Jesus “cleanses our temple.” The Lord banishes filthy habits and give us a new purpose. In time, however, some of the old things find their way back in, and soon we find our lives cluttered with junk that shouldn’t be there. That’s when Jesus needs to return for another “house cleaning” What does your “temple” look like today? Could it use a little cleansing?