45 Then he entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling things there; 46 and he said, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer’; but you have made it a den of robbers.” 47 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; 48 but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people were spellbound by what they heard.
I can’t help but see a connection between Jesus’ passion for the Word and passion for the temple and the crowds’ passion to listen to what Jesus was teaching.
I know for myself that when I listen to anyone speaking passionately about something I become interested in what they are saying. At the same time if the speaker is not excited then why should I get excited about it.
The crowd at the temple had a clear choice of who to listen to. Only Jesus spoke with passion and life. It’s an easy choice.
Today there are so many speakers, so many messages for people to listen to yet God has given us the greatest message, one of hope and life.
I know there are times when I have wondered why the world doesn’t want to listen, but I believe that the world will listen to the message if we speak the message of hope and life with passion – the conviction that it is real.
Father, thank you for giving us real hope and real life. I ask Holy Spirit to be a faithful servant, that the words I speak would be your words, full of hope, life and faith.
Written by Andrew Martin