October 30, 2013 – The Cleansing of the Temple

 

Reading from the New Testament

John – Chapter 2

Outline

  • John 2:1-2 – Jesus is invited to a wedding at Cana in Galilee
  • John 2:3-11 – Jesus turns water into wine – This is His first miracle
  • John 2:12-13 – Jesus goes to the temple in Jerusalem
  • John 2:14-17 – Jesus drives out merchants from the temple courts
  • John 2:18 – The Jews challenge His authority to do this
  • John 2:19-22 – Jesus tells them to destroy this temple and He will rebuild it in 3 days
  • John 2:23-25 – Jesus does miraculous signs in Jerusalem and many believe in Him

Map of the locations covered in this chapter

Verse Selections

Jesus Cleanses God’s Temple

Jesus judged severely the making of God’s temple a market place (John 2:14-17). I believe that Jesus’ strong action should be carefully considered and applied to today. I am sure that today He judges just as severely when “God’s anointing” becomes just a lucrative business and innocent believers are exploited.

Only who Is Spiritually Awake Can See God’s Supernatural Signs

Some may challenge my authority to say this, just as the Jews challenged Jesus’ authority to judge them because He had no title or recognition by the religious leadership (Isa 53:1-3) who allowed these things. They demanded a sign as proof. This is strange because He was publicly performing signs, miracles and healing people, but they were blind to all that. However, even today, we can only see what we want to see and what fits our expectations.

Our Body Is the Temple of God

Jesus’ response to their challenge connects His zeal for the cleansing of the temple, with the idea that our body is the real temple of God (1Cor 3:16). But they did not understand Him, and He did not bother to explain Himself. This too is a lesson for us. The zeal that He had for the temple in Jerusalem should also be our zeal for the cleansing of our temple.  The zeal of the Spirit of Christ is like a fire that burns out all fleshy things to allow the Holy Spirit to dwell in us (Rom 8:8-11). This zeal is manifested in your life as you yield yourself to the Holy Spirit.

Jesus’ Prophesy of His Death and Resurrection

Jesus’ response was also a prophecy of His resurrection. The sign was given to them (Acts 10:40, 1Cor 15:4) but for many it was not enough.

Prayer of Faith

Lord, let that zeal burn within me as it burned in Jesus, that I may separate myself from fleshy things to allow Your Holy Spirit to dwell in me. May I walk under the direction and anointing of the Holy Spirit as Jesus did. He is my model, my Savior and my Lord.

In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen!

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Pastor Maurizio

About Pastor Maurizio

Maurizio Mingardi, in 1972, had an encounter with God that totally changed his life. From a scientist doing research in Quantum Mechanics and an atheist, Maurizio became a believer and a disciple of Jesus Christ. Then a spiritual journey began. He was filled with the Holy Spirit and later started Mount Zion Church of the Firstborn in Ottawa, Ontario. Maurizio has been in the ministry for more than 30 years and is presently the Senior Pastor of Mount Zion Church. He has also filled a number of executive positions in public and religious organizations. He has been elected President of the Evangelical Church Alliance Ministerial Fellowship of Canada. His goal is to help people to know God, discover and use their gifts and fulfill their destiny.
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2 Responses to October 30, 2013 – The Cleansing of the Temple

  1. Liliane6600 says:

    Pastor’s comments on the parallel to our body as the temple of the Holy Spirit really spoke to me this morning. I am encouraged to yield myself more to the Holy Spirit as per this morning’s prayer.

  2. Charlette says:

    I love the gospel of John. When I started reading the Bible in 1994 as a new born again, I could recite all the 12 first verses because they are my birth certificate! Today, from this chapter 2 I got a new revelation: Jesus turned the water into wine. the water was kept in jars that would have been used for the purification of the Jewishs. God changed the content of our relationship with him. Water in our body is very good about 70% of our body according to Human Biology Science, and keep us connected to the earth (Nature) but today, we need to be feeled by the Holy Spirit the wine of God to remain connected to God and be purified!

    I personaly due to previous teachings and misconceptions didn’t allowed the power of the Holy Ghost to manifest in me as a Temple but I got so overwhelmed this afternoon when I saw that picture through the Bible reading of today. May your zeal reigns in me Oh Lord. In Jesus name! Amen.

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