“13 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. 15 So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16 To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” 17 His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”[a]
18 The Jews then responded to him, “What sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?”
19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”
20 They replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” 21 But the temple he had spoken of was his body. 22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.”
In the above passage we see that Jesus was foretelling the future of His own fate but to me that is not the biggest part of this passage. In verses 14 and 15 we see where many people were found selling all kinds of different things in the “temple” for money and for some reason this stands out to me.
When I take a step back and read everything again I see in verse 19 Jesus is explaining that if this temple is destroyed then He will raises it again in 3 days and then we see in 21 it is told that the temple Jesus was talking about in 19 was His body not the physical building that was spoke about in 14.
Then why does verse 14 and 15 stand out to me, well it’s because as I look back at my old life and what it took for Jesus to get my attention, I can see that in order for Jesus to get my attention He had to come and make a whip out of cords, and drive all I ever knew out of God’s “temple” or in other words my mind, body and soul.
He had to take my focuses from me only seeing what I wanted and what I thought I deserved to what God had planned for my Life. He had to come and flip all my plans upside down for me to see who He is.
That Sunday that Joey and I walked into CWC we knew something was going to be different. And guess what…3 days later boy we were right. Three days after Jesus made His way into my life I died to my old self and rose in Christ. I was no longer the same as I was before. It changed everything in my life from the way I would dress and talk to the things I would watch on t.v and the music I would listen to.
After I asked Jesus into my heart I had many fears that it was not real or I was just faking it but now I understand that through the blood and the cross “It is Finished” and I don’t have to be afraid. Although I died to my old self, Jesus is the one who paid the cost when he was hung on the cross for me. I now have no fear of ever turning back to who I use to be.
Dear Father, please give the one reading this peace of mind about where they stand with you. Allow them to feel your arms wrapping around them. Show them that you have done all the hard work and its our time to believe in you, trust your abilities and spread your word. Its in Jesus name I pray Amen.