When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables. (
April showers bring May flowers—and the time for spring-cleaning. A little lady general will march in and draft her husband to join the window-washing brigade. Dirt has a way of accumulating. It can spiritually as well. We see in
John 2 how the house of God was
cluttered with carnality and covetousness.
Christ comes to cleanse the
thoroughly. Bear in mind that our body
is now the temple of the Holy Spirit.
Does it need cleaning? Temple
There was THE NECESSITY OF THE CLEANSING (
John 2:13-14). God is love.
He loves sinners or there would be no hope for us. But, He hates sin! His holy nature compels Him to visit judgment
upon evil. God never sweeps sin under
the carpet. The Son of God possessed the
same nature as His Father—and we see His righteous anger boiling up and
expressed forcefully in this text.
Religious racketeers had set up shop in the house of God. The area where business was being transacted was the court of the Gentiles—the place where Gentiles had to go to attend worship. Amid all the noise and smell of animals, the debate about the proper value of the currency exchanged, and the crowd of tables and people, worship for a Gentile was virtually impossible in those surroundings. For those Jews the
was no longer about the message of the prophets, but making some profits. What good does it do to speak about heaven,
when our hearts testify we are living for this world? That is hypocrisy—and the house of God today
often is rife with it. No wonder pagan
people who might want to seek God observe this and turn away. Temple
Then observe THE NATURE OF THE CLEANSING (
John 2:15-17). Christ felt an overwhelming passion to
cleanse the . He forcefully took action. Do we have the same ruthless desire to drive
out sin from our soul? It is easy to get
comfortable with clutter. There were two
drunks. After a night in the tavern,
they staggered out into the sun.
Squinting, one says, “What’s that I see?” His buddy answers, “That’s light!” Sniffing, the other says, “What’s that I
smell?” His partner responds, “That’s
fresh air!” We can become so accustomed
to the darkness and stench of sin that it seems normal. May Christ confront us today with cords of
conviction, driving us by discipline, upsetting the tables in our temple where
we transact with worldliness rather than offer worship! Temple
The religious leaders challenged Christ’s authority (
John 2:18). Though they were blind to the truth, He
responds that His authority would be affirmed by His crucifixion and
resurrection ( John 2:19-22). Can we cling to sin when it cost Him so
much? If He conquered death, ought He
not rule over our hearts? Beware lest we
assume we are carnal Christians, when it is even worse—we may be counterfeits ( John 2:23-25).
It is time for spring-cleaning—the cleansing of our lives of sin.