Each year for 30 some years, this man and His family travelled to Jerusalem for the Passover Feast. It was as much apart of His life as studying the scriptures. His mission was about to be fulfilled. When He entered the city this time, it would be His last. It would be the final Passover. The willing, unblemished lamb coming forth to lay down His life for humanity.
I wonder how He felt when He saw what had become of His Father’s house. Upon entering the temple, Jesus was faced with a huge marketplace – people selling their wares and the temple treasury getting rich from the profits. Many similar events have occurred though the course of history.
When we think of Jesus, it’s hard to imagine Him as anything but kind, compassionate and gentle, but this was like a slap in the face to Him – one that would sting as much as the lash that crossed His back later that week. The religious leaders of the day had turned the most holy place into a den of thieves. He certainly had reason to be angry. Jesus was demonstrating God’s wrath when He turned the tables.
God wants complete attention when it comes to our worship life. He is jealous and rightly so. He created us – loves us unconditionally – gave His life for us. Is our worship life slipping away? Do we revere God the way we should? Is He first? Have we turned our hearts to other things or is He at the forefront of our adoration?
Jesus was righteously angry at what had become of His Father’s temple. How would He react to our worship today? Before we make judgments of this event, let’s stop and consider our own lives first.