John 2:13-22

                The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. Making 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. He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!”

                His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”

                The Jews then said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”

                The Jews then said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?” But he was speaking of the temple of his body.

                After 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.

 

From Rev. Kevin Bowers, Pastor

First Christian Church, Weirton

We are called this Lenten Season to examine our lives. As I read this scripture I think about Jesus overturning the tables which the people were sitting at and counting on. I must look into my life. I can find many things that I find myself “sitting at and counting on” which are not spiritually healthy.   There are areas of my life that need to have those tables overturned, so that Jesus might enter and have a greater and stronger presence.

Far too often, I find what needs to be overturned is the baggage I carry.   I carry hurts, problems, discouragements, and resentments from years past. It’s difficult to live in the present when I’m carrying all those other years. They need to go, so I can live a richer, fuller life.

I’m reminded of two monks who were walking down a path. They found a woman on the other side of the creek who needed to cross. One of the monks, who wasn’t supposed to touch a woman, went over and carried her to the other side.   As the two monks walked on their way, the second monk kept harassing the monk who helped, stating what a fool he was for touching the woman and how he would have to go through a purification process again.   He kept repeating it over and over again.

Finally the first monk said: “I let go of her three miles ago. You’re still carrying her with you.”

This Lent, let’s let go of the baggage of the past. It’s difficult to live today with our life full of problems of the past.

 

For the sake of your desire for me, O God,

help me to release my yesterdays and receive your tomorrows. Amen.

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