“On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. And as he taught them, he said, "Is it not written: 'My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations?' But you have made it 'a den of robbers.'"
What's your favorite picture of Jesus? Is it the Christmas picture—the moment when God in the flesh took his first breath? Is it Jesus with the little children on his lap? Or Jesus as the Good Shepherd? How about the risen Jesus or Jesus ascending into heaven?
One picture that I've yet to hear someone claim as their "favorite" is a picture of Jesus fashioning a whip and driving the money-changers and merchants out of the temple. (Jesus did that on Monday of Holy Week.) That picture probably makes us a bit uncomfortable. But why is that? Well, here's one reason. It makes us uncomfortable because it reminds us that Jesus is a RIGHTEOUS King.
And that SHOULD make us uncomfortable. If my RIGHTEOUS King is coming to me, that makes me real nervous, because I'm a sinner. The idea of standing before a righteous King…? I don’t like that idea a whole lot, because I know how much I deserve His judgment, just like those money-changers and merchants deserved it.
And yet He came. He came to those money-changers and merchants. He came to that sinful city of Jerusalem. All so He could do what they needed Him to do—so He could die for them. And just as He died for them, so He died...for me! My sins are forgiven. My unrighteous acts have been taken away. My eternity in heaven has been won.
And that's a "picture" I can't wait to see!
Thankful for our righteous, yet forgiving Savior, just like you,