Praying COVID away! I’m posting this late because of a long night at work. Just a song of the day and our message! I’ll be back at it tomorrow!
13When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. 15So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” 17His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”(John 2:13-17)
As I referenced yesterday, we are imagining how the Disciples were living and thinking in the days just after Jesus appeared to them after the resurrection. Today is Tuesday, Easter +2. The disciples must have been spending time remembering all they had seen and experienced with Jesus. So looking back to the beginning of John’s Gospel, we see the story from above. It may be confusing because we are back in Jerusalem at another Passover festival, but this is from the first Passover John spends with Jesus as His disciple. Here we see Jesus in raw emotion as He chases out the money changers from the Temple Courts at the beginning of Passover. This isn’t the Passover just before Jesus is crucified, this is the Passover three years before Jesus is the most beloved (and most despised) Rabbi of Israel. Jesus came flexing on these hypocrites right off the rip of His ministry. He flipped tables, cracked a whip, bowed up on those making a market out of His Father’s house. This is my Jesus. The Son of God, the gentle Lamb, Prince of Peace, Lord of Love, but one who’s so passionate about God that He abandons all that calm to show His true emotion for respecting His Father’s house.
Knowing this is the Jesus that still lives today, when I think about this aspect of Jesus and the way the world has ruined His Father’s house, then in this moment of weakness I almost place the blame on the pandemic we are experiencing as God and Jesus flexing their power and giving the world the punishment it desperately deserves. An earth shattering reminder of who is in control and who is the only one who saves. Mankind has ruined the house of God. This planet was a gift to us and we have extorted that gift for our benefit, we have squeezed every ounce of good from the beauty in this world. Why wouldn’t God create a virus to wipe out half of this wicked world? There are those around the world that think this way, but I will show you that no matter how wicked the world is, Jesus came not to destroy, but to save. We’ll look at that tomorrow.
Reading plan: John 11
Deeper reading plan: 2 Kings 17, 18, 19
Prayer and meditation: Pray for the sick, pray for the lost and their loved ones. Pray for redemption for this lost world. Pray for all medical personnel and those on the front lines still fighting this pandemic.
Fitness challenge: Sprint work, ½ mile warm-up and we’re up to 8×200 meter sprints.