The Jesus we Need to Know
From Help for Shepherds
|The Jesus we Need to Know|
You are the temple of the living God, made to have relationship with Him.
How to Get There
- Jesus had been coming to Jerusalem for a while, but hadn't seen it this trip yet.
- Then he crests the last hill and sees it (Luke 19:41-42), and he weeps, not just a little tear but a lot.
- He is wishing Jerusalem knew... What does he wish we knew?
- He wants us to know He loves us and cars.
- He wnts us to know that God is with us
- He wants us to know that we can have His inner peace (John 14:27).
- Jesus went down into the temple and we see why he was weeping. A city sprawling with people come to worship God, but they were just going through the motions.
- Everyone was worshipping, but missing Him.
- We can go through the motions and yet completely miss Christ himself.
- There were 2 million people in the city for the holiday, lots of new stalls in the temple area selling and trading. It must have been packed.
- Jesus thrashed it all, and as soon as he had their attention he quoted scripture to back up his point.
- 1 Corinthians 3:16 records that we are God's temples now. And the same passion and care that Jesus showed for the old temple he shows for us.
- Whatever is not making us holy, needs to go.
- And like the temple of Jesus' fay it shouldn't be about our desires and wants, but about what God does in and around us.
- This new temple puts us directly in connection with God. It's not about doing, but about having a relationship with the God who dwells within us.
- This is the point of our lives, to be Christ's holy temple. And he cares about his temple, that they be holy.
Things to Watch For
- Where Jesus was in the temple was locally called "Annas Son's Market"
- This is because Annas was the key power of the time. Either he or his sons had been high priest for many years.
- They were charging to set up a shop here, charging to exchange Roman money to temple money neeed, charging for sheep grading, for everything.
- This wasn't just people getting money from Passover crowds, but the leaders themselves exploiting the people.
- John 2 records Jesus as making a whip and using it to drive people and animals out. The account in Mark is less violent, more attention getting.
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This Message is part 3 of The Final Week of Jesus' Life: 168 message series.