The wedding in Cana had been enjoyable and fun – and miraculous! Nathanael was from Cana and probably knew some of the folks gathered for the time of celebration. Jesus and his disciples undoubtedly laughed and smiled with the rest of the crowd, especially as Nathanael told stories about watching the young married couple as children; perhaps people also told stories about Nathanael to the delight of his new friends.
But it was an entirely different scene a few days later in Jerusalem. After a few days of rest in Capernaum, Jesus entered the Holy City, went directly to the temple – and declared war!
The physical condition of the temple was a vivid indication of the spiritual condition of the nation – and Jesus declared war on the hypocritical religious leaders who had allowed his Father’s house of prayer to become a marketplace. While Jesus would faithfully uphold and obey the Law, he would, with great zeal, deliberately violate the manmade religious traditions of the Pharisees. In dramatic fashion, Jesus demonstrated that radical change had arrived! The old jars of water would not do any longer.
The temple in Jerusalem would ultimately be destroyed. However, the “temple of God” – the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit on earth – still exists today in the believers who comprise the Church. And Jesus continues to have a consuming zeal for “the house of God.” Jesus the Revolutionary is still at work today. He is fully aware of those who ask, “What’s in this for me?” instead of “Who is this in me?” Don’t be surprised if He turns over a few tables in your life.
In preparation for our time of study this Sunday, let me encourage you to read the following verses:
- John 2:12-25 – “This is war!”
- Psalm 69:9 – The zeal of Jesus foretold
- 1 Corinthians 3:16 & 6:19 – a believer’s body is now the temple of God
- Isaiah 11:1-3 – Jesus knows you – better than you know yourself
Sunday might be a revolutionary day for you. I hope you are here to experience it.
Easter is only six weeks away! Sunday, April 5 will be a busy day of worship and service.
There are many areas in which to serve. There will be signup sheets in the lobby beginning this Sunday. Let me remind you of the areas of service at the 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00 hours:
- Parking Assistants
- Welcome Center
- Children’s Ministry Assistants (can really use some extra volunteers here)
“Lord, if you want to use me in any way today, I am available.”
Love God – Love Neighbor – Lead Others