It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration, so Jesus went to Jerusalem. In the Temple area he saw merchants selling cattle, sheep, and doves for sacrifices; he also saw dealers at tables exchanging foreign money. Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple. He drove out the sheep and cattle, scattered the money changers’ coins over the floor, and turned over their tables. Then, going over to the people who sold doves, he told them, “Get these things out of here. Stop turning my Father’s house into a marketplace!”
Then his disciples remembered this prophecy from the Scriptures: “Passion for God’s house will consume me.” (John 2:13-17 NLT)
I don’t know why, but the above passage was on my mind on the way to work this morning. Then, upon remembering 1 Corinthians 6:19, I definitely had something to think about:
Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? (NLT)
Jesus had a lot of encounters with the religious elite in the Temple. They were quite happy to keep God in a shiny gold box, trapped there behind a veil, confident that they were appeasing Him by offering blood sacrifices to cover their unrighteousness. However, when Jesus said, “It is finished,” the veil was torn and God escaped! *gasp*
Jesus was the image of God walking among us. As He walked around the Temple, he was constantly bombarded with resistance, excuses, lies. He was always about His Father’s work, especially in the Temple. I believe this is a foreshadowing of what happens within us post-salvation.
He is in our heart, our Spirit. Fully, completely. He dwells in us. However, as He walks about our soul (mind, will, emotions), He is met with resistance, excuses, lies. He’s there to show us what is wrong and how it could be made right. He’s patiently waiting for us to finally, fully submit to His rule and reign in our lives, to tear the veil and release Him to accomplish His work in us so we can fully be used by Him to accomplish His work through us.
Please, don’t take this as a self-righteous lecture… I’m not there yet either. Jesus was the only one fully there. Ever. But as we walk out our righteousness, as we learn who He is and who we are in Him, the veil is more and more removed. As we give Him access to (and ruler-ship of) more and more areas and aspects of our lives, we are made more in His image; we actually become Christian (Christ-like)!
I know this is a little deep (and pretty heavily theological) for a rainy Tuesday morning, but that’s what was on my heart and I wanted to share it.
Warning: I may do a second part to this… I really like where it’s going.