Jesus came inspecting
The place that was supposed to be dedicated to God was being badly abused.
So Jesus took decisive action. “And He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and He poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables; and to those who were selling the doves He said, ‘Take these things away; stop making My Father’s house a place of business’” (John 2:14-18).
Obviously, this was not well received by those most affected, and yet as God’s official Representative on earth He had every right to do what He did.
They were wrong; He was right. He always is.
Jesus still comes inspecting!
The physical temple in Jerusalem no longer stands. It served its purpose. But another temple, much more glorious, is His church (1 Corinthians 3:16; 2 Corinthians 6:16). Jesus is its cornerstone (Ephesians 2:19-22). He is its Founder (Matthew 16:18). He is its Head (Colossians 1:18). He purchased it with His blood (Acts 20:28).
Does He then not have every right to say what His church should be?
If the Jerusalem temple did not pass inspection, what of the church today?
In the last book of the New Testament Jesus has words for seven congregations in the Roman province of Asia. He was very pleased with a couple of them but highly displeased with others. He commands several of them to repent (Revelation 2-3).
This is what Restoration means—making the needed changes Christ requires. He tells several of these churches specific things they must do to get their spiritual house in order. He even threatens two of them with total removal.
After Jesus cleansed the temple, “His disciples remembered that it was written, ‘Zeal for Your house will consume Me’” (John 2:17; Psalm 69:9).
Does zeal for God’s house consume us?
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/
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