15 “So they came to Jerusalem. Then Jesus went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. 16 And He would not allow anyone to carry wares through the temple. 17 Then He taught, saying to them, ‘Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’’ 18 And the scribes and chief priests heard it and sought how they might destroy Him; for they feared Him, because all the people were astonished at His teaching.” Mark 11:15-18
As one looks at this passage closely, they began to see a Jesus that they are not use to seeing. When we picture Jesus, we see Him having the little children come and sit on Knee or healing the lame or causing the blind to walk again but this Jesus filled with anger we are not use to seeing. One might ask, “Why is Jesus so angry? Is it because they were selling doves and exchanging money?” Although many believe this is true, it is not. If you look closely you will see what Jesus is really upset about.
During the days of Jesus, the Romans were over the land. The money that was given was Roman money and not Jewish money. In order to give to the Temple one must give Jewish money. The only way one could do that is through a money changer. Also during these times Jewish people had to travel miles in order to come to the temple to worship God. It was often hard to carry their offerings with them so it made sense for someone to sell those things to make it easier on the weary traveler.
This in itself was not wrong but what made it wrong was that those who were selling and changing out the money were taking advantage of and cheating the people. This is the reason Jesus was upset. They were taking something that was suppose to be holy turned it into a means to make a profit. They were disrespecting God’s Temple, they were disregarding worship and on top of that they were mistreating God’s people.
While many of us would say that this does not fit us, let me bring this home to you. The Bible tells us that our bodies are the Temple of the Holy Spirit. When we hold anger, lust, hatred etc. we are defiling His temple. The only way this Temple of ours can be cleansed is through the power of Jesus Christ. Just as Jesus cleansed that Temple in Jerusalem, so He wants to do with your life. The question is: “Will You Let Him!”
19 “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
“Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” Romans 6:4
Why did Jesus die? is a question that many have often asked or wondered about. I think there are many answers to this question. The first answer is because we had a huge sin debt and only His righteous blood could pay the price.Second reason was to save our souls from suffering the wrath of God in Hell. Third reason He died was so that we could have a relationship with God. The final reason that He died was so that we could walk in newness of life.
I would like for you to think about this!! Before Jesus took our place at Calvary there was no way for us to live a life that pleased God because we would always fall short. BUT now since Jesus has died and rose again, sin and death have no more power or control in our lives. Because of Jesus we can now live a life that pleases God.
Why did Jesus die? So that we “..may have life and have it more abundantly” John 10:10.
The more one grows in his or her faith, I believe there are certain books of the Bible that they will hold dear. One of those books is Romans. Even though it can be confusing at times there are truths that just stand out.
We discover a truth in Romans 5:8, which says: “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us”
The truth is that even though we do not deserve it, He sent His Son to die for us, thus paying our sin debt. Why did God do this, because He loved us.
God loves you today. Let me ask you a question: Have you accepted Jesus as your Savior and if you have accepted Him how long has it been since thanked God for loving you the way He did by sending His Son to die for you?
Oh How God Loves you and me!!!
When I was a kid it was amazing what I thought being a preacher was. I thought it would be my time to tell everyone what they had to do and how they had to do it and how I even thought I could even name, names behind the pulpit.
When I finally became a pastor, I realized that view of thinking was wrong and after some years of experience I realized what real preaching and pastoring is all about.
I have come to realize it is not my job to do the convicting but to preach the message that good Lord has given me. While preparing I should never think of personally attaching this message to one particular person or persons but instead just preach the message and let God do the work. I have also come to realize that I should never use the pulpit as a means of personally attacking people but instead I should use it as a means of “equipping the saints”.
I like the way the NIV puts that verse of equipping the saints, “It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up (Ephesians 4:11-12)
While it is true, we must preach the Gospel and that we must confront sin, let us remember that we should also learn to prepare people on how to deal with life, sin, situations and then even how to share their story about what Christ has done for them with others. Yes there is more to pastoring and preaching than what we have ever realized, may we take our job seriously above all else may we learn to love the people. For without love preaching and pastoring is worthless.