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March 6, 2017

 Our current series is focusing on living life in Christ through the Holy Spirit.

Repetitively we have seen, if we want to know what God is like we are to look at Jesus. God revealed Himself in the person and work of Jesus Christ

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

 

Jesus is the focus of revelation. If you want to see God, look at Jesus.

No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known. John 1:19

 

So far we have seen Jesus as…

  • The giver of true life.
    The eternal God who created life.
    The Word who breathes in us new life.
    The Word who reveals to us eternal life.
    Jesus, the Eternal Powerful Word, God, Creator of all who by nature and by his calling, is to be obeyed, submitted to.

  • Lamb of God
    God’s provision of sacrifice.
    He who takes away the sin of the world.

  • Source of new life

  • Master of intervening in life

  • Master of Grace

  • Master of Joy – Messiah

 

Why does John share all this with us…

…that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. John 20:31

 

As we continue our series in the Gospel of John, we see Jesus clean house.

 

Today we are going to see Jesus the Messiah as Judge and Redeemer.

The anger of Christ. Righteous anger. Zealous judgement.

Sacrifice that brings salvation. Redeemer.

 

As we believe that Jesus is the judge and the redeemer we respond with faith and true worship.

 

 

I don’t know if you have ever seen the programme on TV called Hoarders. As the name reflects, it is about people who are extreme hoarders and the people who their families get to come and help them clean house and break their habit of hoarding.

 

These people who have built up this wonderful home of treasures (junk/rubbish), find themselves invaded by a group who are going to clean house.

 

I wonder if our passage today could be an episode on the programme hoarders.

 

Our passage takes place at the temple in Jerusalem. The temple was the central point of Jewish worship and life. It was the place where the sacrifices took place. It was the gathering point for festivals. But more importantly, it was the dwelling place of God. It was a physical reminder of God’s presence in the midst of the people. God dwelt in the Holy of Holies within the temple.

 

The temple tracks back from the establishment of the tabernacle, the tent that the Israelites carried in the desert during Moses time. A portable temple where God would manifest his presence.

 

From there King Solomon built the first temple in Jerusalem. God dwelled with his people. After centuries of disobedience, Israel was conquered by Babylon and the temple was destroyed.

 

It was rebuilt under Ezra and Nehemiah. Later still, Herod the Great rebuilding the temple.

 

However, by the time of Jesus enters the temple, it has become more of a political and financial tool than a centre for faith.

 

And so we see the prophecy of Malachi starting to come to fruition

“I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the Lord Almighty. But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap.

Malachi 3:1-2

 

Jesus has come to clean house. He has come to clean out the treasures/rubbish, that has been built up by the temple leaders.

 

Jesus reveals himself as the righteous judge.

JESUS IS THE JUDGE

John 2:13-17

As Jesus enters the temple he finds corruption, dishonesty, hypocrisy, an empty religion. The temple affairs had become corrupted. In the courts of the gentiles they are selling animals and changing money for temple activities. Selling animals needed for sacrificial purposes. Money changes who can change any foreign money into the Jewish shekel which was the only currency able to be used in the Jewish temple.

 

This was big business. It was a revenue bringing operation. Priest would potentially only accept the animals purchased from the temple.

 

This was all happening in the court of the Gentiles. The very space that was to be used to teach the Gentiles about the law of God. The very space that was to focus on revealing the truth about God.

“I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” Isaiah 49:6

 

Instead it was being used as a market place.

 

So what did Jesus do? He cleared the whole area, by physical force.

 

Jesus reveals himself as the Messiah – the Judge. He is able and worthy, to judge what is right and what is wrong. What is ok to do in the temple and what is not.

 

Why? Because this is his Father’s house. His house. A place to meet with God. A place for both Jews and Gentiles to meet God.

 

Why? Because he is the creator.

Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. John 1:3

As creator, he has all right to judge what he made. Humanity.

 

And Jesus finds it being misused. He finds it being corrupted and the focus off God and on material gain.

 

Jesus response. Righteous anger. Consumed with righteous anger. Consumed with a zeal for the house of God. Jesus was fervent in his protection of his Fathers house. He was jealously protective.

His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” John 2:17

A quote from Psalm 69:9

 

Jesus was showing his concern for both the purity of God’s house but also for the Gentiles.

He wanted them to also have access to worshiping God.

 

Jesus is the righteous judge who will confront sin. He did confront and correct those who were misusing the house of God.

 

Jesus is the righteous judge who takes offence when anyone is hindered from worshiping God. As the Jews were toward the Gentiles by using their court as a market place.

 

Jesus is the Judge.

 

Jesus also reveals himself as the redeemer.

JESUS IS THE REDEEMER

John 2:18-22

Jesus, in the next portion of this event redefines the very nature of the temple.

 

Jesus’ authority to judge, to confront and correct is challenged by the leaders of the temple.

They say to Jesus, “Prove yourself to us.”

 

Jesus response…

“Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”

 

What destroy a temple that took years and years to build, and he’s going to rebuild it in 3 days?

 

But Jesus is redefining the very nature of the temple. Jesus himself is to take the place of the temple. Everything in the temple, everything the temple was put in place for, every requirement within temple life was to be fulfilled in Christ. All the sacrifices were completed fully and perfectly in Christ. God’s dwelling with his people is completed fully and perfectly in Christ.

 

Jesus was telling them that something new and perfect is going to happen. They miss the point. It wasn’t until after this new thing was done, Jesus death, burial and resurrection, that the disciples understood what Jesus was saying.

 

This physical purification of the temple that Jesus undertook in the temple was a sign of the ultimate purification that came in Jesus death on the cross. Jesus was speaking of the ultimate sign – His death, burial and resurrection.

 

He was emphasising that there would be a time when there was no need for this temple of stone. Jesus death on the cross was to sweep away the relevance of the temple, to make it redundant. The cross of Jesus makes all the custom and ritual of the temple irrelevant?

 

So what is our response to Jesus the judge and Jesus the redeemer?

 

As we believe that Jesus is the judge and the redeemer we respond with faith and true worship.

 

 

OUR RESPONSE – FAITH

Our first response of faith is for salvation.

  • We are all guilty of breaking God’s standard. Sin.

  • We are all have a debt to pay for that guilt. Physical and Spiritual death.

  • We all face judgement because of that sin debt.

  • There is nothing any of us can do in our own strength to fix the problem we have with God.

  • God has the right to judge me for my sin debt.

  • Jesus death burial and resurrection is the only way to have my sin debt paid.

  • If I believe, have faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ, I can be right before God and gain life eternal.

It starts with faith, believing in the person and work of Jesus Christ.

 

Just as the Jewish temple was replaced by Jesus, so all our personal temples are replaced by Jesus.

 

You can’t earn your way into heaven.

You can’t donate your way to heaven.

Church attendance doesn’t get you into heaven.

It doesn’t matter how many good things you do.

It doesn’t matter how well you know your Bible, or how many verses you’ve memorized.

 

These are all good things but they don’t save you.

 

When it comes to salvation, it doesn’t matter what we’ve done, only what Christ has done is sufficient. Real faith forsakes sin and crowns Christ as Lord.

 

And for those of us who have received the gift of life in Christ, what’s your ongoing response to Jesus What is our response to Jesus the judge and Jesus the redeemer?

 

As we believe that Jesus is the judge and the redeemer we respond with faith and true worship.

 

OUR RESPONSE – TRUE WORSHIP

Jesus replaced the need for the temple.

God no longer dwells in a temple made by people, He lives in us in the person of the Holy Spirit.

The church is the body of Christ – the new temple where God dwells by the Holy Spirit.

 

As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 2:4-5

 

We are the temple of God. We are the place of worship.

 

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship. Romans 12:1

 

Worship arises from our call to serve a holy God who demands righteous devotion to Him alone. Worship refers to our total devotion to God in all of life—everything we do and should do for the glory of God as an act of worship to Him.

 

We are the temple of God. We are the place of worship. Sometimes we put to much value on the physical building and the worship service to meet our worship needs? We are the temple of God. We are the place of worship. 24/7.

 

So what is our temple like?

 

Are you a hoarder of things that would require Christ to clear you out?

Do you hoard sin full acts, attitudes, selfish motives, indifference, disobedience?

Do you allow God to reveal and clean out those things that do not bring him glory?

Are you attentive and open to the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit?

Do we reflect the heart and mind of God in our thoughts, words and actions?

 

We are the temple of God. We are the place of worship.

 

And as Romans 12:1 tells us, our part is to "offer ourselves". Submit, relinquish to Christ. True worship.

 

What is our response to Jesus the judge and Jesus the redeemer?

 

As we believe that Jesus is the judge and the redeemer we respond with faith and true worship.

 

 

In our passage today Jesus reveals himself as judge and redeemer.

 

Jesus is the Judge.

Jesus is the righteous judge who will confront sin. He did confront and correct those who were misusing the house of God.

Jesus is the righteous judge who takes offence when anyone is hindered from worshipping God. As the Jews were toward the Gentiles by using their court as a market place.

 

Jesus is the Redeemer

Jesus death on the cross was to sweep away the relevance of the temple, to make it redundant.

The cross of Jesus makes all the custom and ritual of the temple irrelevant?

 

And our response….

Faith for salvation.

Believing in the person and work of Jesus Christ.

Just as the Jewish temple was replaced by Jesus, so all our personal temples are replaced by Jesus.

 

Our response…

True worship.

We are the temple of God. We are the place of worship.

And as Romans 12:1 tells us, our part is to “offer ourselves”. Submit, relinquish to Christ. True worship.

 

As we believe that Jesus is the judge and the redeemer we respond with faith and true worship.

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