On Sunday, March 8 we will discuss the Cleansing of the Temple in John 2. So far in Lent Jesus has been baptized, then Peter, James, John, saw Jesus transfigured with Elijah and Moses. This week we will see a very different side of Jesus than most of us are used to. We see a side where he is truly challenging and very "up front" with what he is saying to the scribes, pharisees and essentially "The Temple."
What do you make of this scripture?
John 2:13-22 (New Revised Standard Version)
The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and dvoes, and the money-changers seated at their tables. Making a whip out of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money chancers and overturned their tables. He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!” His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” The Jews then said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, “This temple has bee under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?” But he was speaking of the temple of his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.