45 When Jesus entered the temple courts, he began to drive out those who were selling. 46 “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be a house of prayer’[a]; but you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’” 47 Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him. 48 Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his words.
Jesus must have had a presence like those clever orators we see sometimes today. There are some people who can just capture a room in the way that they speak. This description of Jesus teaching in the Temple after he cleared it, reminds me that Jesus was one of those people. I am not good at picturing Jesus and how He might have been. But its important to have some sort of a picture as it helps us to learn about Him, His character and how to be His friend – how we can relate to Him.
Being His friend and being able to introduce your friend to others, means you need to respect Him and see that He has much to give others. While so much of that we get from what He spoke about, some of it has to come from the non-verbal stuff, like it does for each of us in relationship with other people. That says more sometimes than what we actually say. How awesome that we have a leader who was a “Leader” – who had presence – who could capture your attention so well – who knew how to communicate what we need to hear – someone who you could really respect and be happy to introduce Him to others.
Praise you Jesus – you not only know me, know what I need to hear, are my friend but you are awesomely good and skilled at all those things. Help me to learn more so I can grow my picture of you into the rich portrait it should be.
Written by Therese Manning