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True Worship – Kingdom Values

worshipTrue Worship – Kingdom Values  

John 2: 13-22 

 
Welcome to church today! We hope you discover the joys of being part of a family where Jesus’ love can be seen by words and actions.

This week (Lent 3) we remember Jesus’ violent reaction to the blatant commercialisation of the Temple in Jerusalem.

How would we react if an itinerant preacher suddenly burst into our church one Sunday, violently turning everything upside down and openly criticising the way we worship God? Most likely, we would be outraged and demand to know by what authority such an act was committed!

This is exactly what happened when Jesus overturned the tables of the temple moneychangers and traders in blemish-free animals and birds. He upset those who profited from the blatant exploitation of the poor and vulnerable. And he struck at the heart of greed and meaningless worship in the name of God.

If Jesus were to visit us today, would he find us a compassionate and welcoming church? Would our worship be worthy – from the heart? Or would he find us overly concerned with worldly affairs and empty rituals that have lost their meaning and impact?

Jesus came to show us a new way – a better way to worship God our Father. No burnt offerings or tired rituals required! Godworship demands what is perhaps the hardest of all to give – our hearts!

Jesus showed us that God is not just for the elect but for everyone. And it’s our responsibility to remove any barriers that might keep others from meeting God.

 

 

John 2:13-22    Jesus Cleanses the Temple

13 The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money-changers seated at their tables. 15Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. 16He told those who were selling the doves, ‘Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a market-place!’ 17His disciples remembered that it was written, ‘Zeal for your house will consume me.’ 18The Jews then said to him, ‘What sign can you show us for doing this?’ 19Jesus answered them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’ 20The Jews then said, ‘This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?’ 21But he was speaking of the temple of his body. 22After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.

23 When he was in Jerusalem during the Passover festival, many believed in his name because they saw the signs that he was doing.