18) Temple Spring Cleaning – John 2:12-25

Join me as I take a walk through the pages of Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John, (aka the “Gospels”) in a Chronological Order and try to grow closer to, and learn more about Jesus.  Feel free to go back and read the INTRO ABOUT THIS SERIES to understand where all this came from for me.

Today’s passage is found in John 2:12-25 – we find right at the beginning it says “after this he went down to Capernaum” – to find out what the “after this” actually is check out my last post.

We find out that it was almost time for the JEWISH PASSOVER and Jesus had rolled into Jerusalem for the festivities.  When he got there he was seriously disturbed by a bunch of junk going on @ the Temple.

So Jesus decided it was time for a lil “Spring Cleaning” and went to wrecking shop!  Can you imagine what this scene must have looked like?  It makes me laugh to envision the “shock & awe” that the people must have had over mild mannered, laid back Jesus puttin’ the smack down on all these money-grubbing religious types.

This episode evoked a memory in is followers of something written back in the book of Psalms – Psalm 69:9 to be exact.  This was how seriously Jesus took the matters of business taking place in the Temple courts – or “His Father’s House”.

The Jewish leaders were pretty ticked off about what was taking place and they pushed Jesus to “prove what authority he had” to be doing these things.  Then Jesus left them with a lil more mystery in his words.  He said that they could tear down the Temple and he would rebuild it in three days!  This perplexed them – they said that it had taken 46 years to build it – how on earth would Jesus be able to do it in 3 days if they tore it down????

But you see Jesus was not making reference to the actual physical building known as the Temple – he was referring to HIMSELF!  This was crazy mad foreshadowing of things to come.  That he would be killed and then raised to life in three days.  It’s cool cause this was something that this passage even tells us that his disciples “didn’t get” till it all actually took place.

This account closes out with Jesus hanging around for the Passover Feast and continuing to do amazing things and many of the people begin to follow and believe in him.  These were some pretty incredible times in which the people were living.  But it is also interesting because it says that that:

24But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all men.

So Jesus was still being a little “cautious” – he knew enough about the nature of men and was not yet ready to fully divulge what the total plan was just yet.  There is still LOTS IN STORE for us on this “Island With Jesus”.

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