Monday 16 December, 2019

Luke 19:45-48

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’; 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.

This world is an interesting place – often it seems like the greedy are in control. It was the same in Jesus time. The temple area was filled with people making money off those who came to worship. Giving them ways of “buying their way to God” in case they were not confident they could live up to the requirements of the law or that their sacrifice was sufficient. Misleading people or taking advantage of them.

Jesus decided that wasn’t OK and cleared out the temple. He took action. But that opened up the anger of those who were in charge of the system (perhaps those who were making money off the system). Jesus spoke up for those who were being taken advantage of, those who were being misled. Those people thought He was awesome. He spoke to their hearts. He made them feel cared for and noticed. He didn’t try to take advantage of them. He wanted them to hear God’s word and to feel connected to their Lord. And He did that every day.

Jesus does the same for us now. He is with us every day. He connects us with God’s word and His love. We are noticed, we are cared for, we are part of His family. He wants us to know this to be true. He wants us to know He takes this seriously. He put Himself in danger to demonstrate how important it is that we know that He cares.

Thank You Lord that You care for each and every individual. That You want us to know that and to live each day knowing You are by our side as we walk through the difficulties of this world. Help us to know Your heart and to be Your hands and feet – to bring Your grace and love to everyone we encounter. Amen.

Written by Therese Manning

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