The day Jesus got angry, and what we learn about him . . .
what it means to you today.
What was Jesus, the man, like? Did he work out or ‘buffet his body’ as the apostle Paul said? Did he tell jokes? Well, we know he was a pleasure to be around because people liked to be around him as evidenced by the fact that he had just been at a wedding celebration. And we know that even sinners like prostitutes and tax collectors wanted to hang out with him.
Because Jesus’ humility trumped everything he did and his teaching so highly esteemed the value of being humble, too many want to paint Jesus as a weakling. Jesus was anything but a wimp.
Jesus was also an observant Jew who kept the traditional annual feasts.
In John 2, we find him in Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover at the Temple.
“It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration, so Jesus went to Jerusalem. In the Temple area he saw merchants selling cattle, sheep, and doves for sacrifices; he also saw dealers at tables exchanging foreign money.
>Note: Passover observants needed to purchase animals for their sacrifices at the temple, as many had traveled some distance. But the way in which the dealers in the temple area were conducting business was chaotic and kept the Gentiles from worshipping in the outer court. Moneychangers were necessary because of folks who needed to exchange currencies, but the upcharging and profiteering should not have been in the temple.
Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple. He drove out the sheep and cattle, scattered the moneychangers’ coins over the floor, and turned over their tables. Then, going over to the people who sold doves, he told them, “Get these things out of here. Stop turning my Father’s house into a marketplace!”
Then his disciples remembered this prophecy: “Passion for God’s house will consume me.” A light went off in the heads of the disciples, as they recalled Psalm 69, a confirmation that this was their long-awaited Messiah.
But the Jewish leaders demanded, “What are you doing? If God gave you authority to do this, show us a miraculous sign to prove it.”
“All right,” Jesus replied. “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” A prophecy about his own life, meaning ‘Crucify me, put me in the grave, but on the third day, I will rise again!’ This infuriated the Jewish leaders.
“What!” they exclaimed. “It has taken forty-six years to build this Temple, and you can rebuild it in three days?” But when Jesus said “this temple,” he meant his own body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered he had said this, and they believed both the Scriptures and what Jesus had said. John 2.13-22
Now what was the Jesus the man like? Strong, both physically and emotionally; he could stand up to the Jewish leaders and felt no need to explain himself to them. Jesus had a strong sense of who he was, whose he was, what his purpose was and who was around him at all times. Jesus lived each day with intention.
Lord, would you show us who we are in You?
Give us the wisdom not to let the news control our emotions.
Remind us to trust fully in You.
And God, because we belong to you, we have a purpose ~
to love You fully and love others with everything we have.
Show us who is around us to love and give us ways to point them to You. Amen.
Oh Lord, how we need Youl
Amen and Amen.