|Posted by Baltimore Lutheran Campus Ministry on April 16, 2019 at 12:15 AM|
Luke 19: 45-48
Then [Jesus] entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling things there; and he said, ‘It is written,
“My house shall be a house of prayer”;
but you have made it a den of robbers.’
Every day he was teaching in the temple. The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people kept looking for a way to kill him; but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people were spellbound by what they heard.
After Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday to crowds welcoming him as king, he goes into the temple courtyard and drives out those who are selling animals for sarificial worship. They aren't necessarily doing anything wrong- they are just upholding the necessary religious duties. But Jesus turns over the tables because the whole system of sacrifices in the temple had become a distraction. People were so focused on what sacrifices to give that they were missing what else God was doing in the world- meaning th presence of Jesus and his life-giving, welcoming, healing life among them!
Instead of a sacrificial system- where we need to make sure we’ve given the right sacrifices to please God- we have a God who shows us the lengths that God’s love will go to rescue us. We have Jesus who walks the way before us to be our guide in loving our enemies and serving our neighbors. We have a God in the flesh who shows us the overwhelming power of love to bring new life.
And this reality is so life-changing and powerful, that Jesus is willing to turn over the tables to make sure that people won't be distracted from it. And he keeps doing that- in the world and in our lives. He comes to mess up our lives to rescue us from ourselves and all the ways we har ourselves and let others harm us. Jesus loves us enough not to settle for us being comfortable, but calls us again and again to live into God’s greatest dream for us- a dream he knows is possible with the power of God. And Jesus opens us to the possibility that God can work through us to embody his desperate love for all people.But sometimes he needs to clean out a little of the stuff that gets in the way of us recognizing what God is doing in and through us.
Today, clean off a small space on your desk or remove one distraction so that Jesus can get your attention this Holy Week, so he can show you again the life-giving love he brings to you and the world.