Jesus went into the temple courtyard and threw out everyone who was buying and selling there. He overturned the moneychangers’ tables and the chairs of those who sold pigeons. He told them, “Scripture says, ‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you’re turning it into a gathering place for thieves!”
Call the cops! There’s a madman in the temple! What if some madman came into your place of worship and threw the offering plate to the ground and scattered the donation envelopes and pledges cards all over the floor. And while he was doing this he was shouting insults at the pastoral staff, finance committee, head of worship, and board of trustees. What would you do? What would YOU do? What if the madman was Jesus?
He had no earthly authority to do this. As a matter of fact he had no EARTHLY authority to do any of the things the did. That was one of the sticking points with the rightful religious leaders. They asked, “Who told you that you could do this?”*
Back to the scene of chaos that Jesus was causing. It was the week leading to Passover, the holiest time of the year. People were flooding into Jerusalem from everywhere. And here was this largely unknown man upsetting the order of things.
We often forget that the Prince of Peace was a outlaw and rebellion leader. He wasn’t just overturning the merchant’s tables, he was attempting to overturn the whole society. “The first shall be last and the last shall be first,” upset everything. To claim to be God’s son or God the Son who had COMPLETE AUTHORITY over all the earth was a new and frightening revelation, especially to those who claimed power by right of birth or special training.
What righteous trouble have you made lately?
* Read Mark 11:27-28 And Luke 20:1-2
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