Yesterday’s text in Sunday’s worship is a pivotal point early in John’s Gospel. Jesus is revealed to be more than a prophet or a Messiah. He is something brand new! He is not simply more of the same old thing. We’ve seen Jesus rebuke the wind before, and seen him feed thousands of people, and seen him tell demons to shut up. All that is majestic, no doubt. But, in the eyes of some people, he could be interpreted as being just another miracle worker. But here in John 2, Jesus steps out on stage as the Son of God.
Read John 2, where Jesus comes into the Jerusalem temple and upends the status quo. As I said in my sermon, we have Jesus gone wild! You can take Jesus out of the wilderness, but you can’t take the wild(erness) out of Jesus. With whip in hand, he overturns tables, casting coins on the floor, and letting the sacrificial animals run loose. Here we see a different side of our salvation. It seems salvation comes through divinely-initiated disorder, and not a slow, deliberate and rational conclusion.
Jesus has come among us to cleanse us of our sins. He comes into our churches, and into our sanctified and holy shrines, and into our daily lives, and cleans house. He is that fearless savior who is so consumed by the righteousness of God that he is determined to do away with anything that impedes us to a pathway to God. Jesus is now the new temple. In the cross and the resurrection of Christ, we see the old temple has been destroyed and now rebuilt in the manner of Jesus. Once again, we are reminded that we have a Jesus who intrudes into our settled arrangements and brings an advent of freshness.
Peace, Pastor Gary