What Jesus Saw and What He Did About It

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.

Sobering!

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?

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Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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The Right Kind of Zeal

Bad zeal

Paul writes of his fellow Jews, “For I testify about them that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge” (Romans 10:2).

Paul himself had once been “extremely zealous for my ancestral traditions” (Galatians 1:14). As evidence of this zeal he persecuted the church (Philippians 3:6).

Zeal without knowledge is not only misguided, but can even be dangerous.

Good zeal

But then there is that righteous zeal Christ Himself demonstrated (John 2:17). And He “gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds” (Titus 2:14).

Zeal—oh, how we need it! An informed zeal. A burning zeal.

A zealous Christ deserves zealous disciples!

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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