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Jesus Cleanses the Temple

March 27, 20125 Comments

“Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves.”  (Mat 21:12)

One of the most debated, nearly dismissed, and explained away scenes of Jesus’ life is when He entered the temple of God, with His whip in hand, and drove out the money changers, lash after lash.  We can go over the details, and look through the Gospels to explain or understand, but the question before us all is, do we know that we are the temples of God?( 1 Cor 3:16) Jesus cleansed the temple of brick and mortar, now He resides in us, to “cleanse” the temple of flesh and bone.

We are the temple of God.  Jesus is Lord, and the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty.  No wonder our hearts rejoice when we come to know Jesus as Lord and Savior, no wonder we feel free, no wonder shouts burst forth like geysers from our soul, no wonder all the saints of old sang.  Like Issac Watts, John Newton, and Horatio G. Spafford, because the Christ in us has set us free.  Jesus cleanses us of the idols in our heart’s.  He cuts the chains that bind deep down in us, He comes to abide to loose liberty inside.

Jesus is the Lord and the Lord is the Spirit.  Is this the same “Spirit” that yearns so jealously?  This Spirit that is set to rule, desires all of me; it will not settle for my affairs with “less wild lovers”, no the Spirit will not share a place in the temple, but like the Philistines had to learn, all false gods will be struck down (1 Sam 5:2-4).   He rules, absolutely, jealously, and totally; “He’s Lord of all or not at all”!

Jesus eliminates potential contenders, and those that are at odds with Him, through His rule of peace!  It’s the peace of God appropriated by Christ, that seeks to rule in our hearts, ushering out the rebels, “malcontents”, and those that don’t seek to obey, to in introduce in our midst a peaceful way. (Col 3:15)

Jesus cleanses our temples eliminating the enslaver’s we idolize, bringing the light of truth to the dark cob web covered recesses of ignorance, delicately disclosing what we’ve shut the doors on years ago.  He leaves no room un-liberated, He seeks to set free the whole “man” as He rules the whole heart.  Jesus the Captain, the overseer of our souls, His presence purifies, as Joshua learned he was standing on holy ground, and as we learn what’s holy has been deposited in us.

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  1. lady82faye says:

    Amen!
    May we all stay prayer-full and faith-full to His calling!

  2. Judy says:

    Well said. Thanks.

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