“Milquetoast? He’s Not!”

Posted: April 15, 2015 in Christian Life, Gospel, Gospel of John, Resurrection, Salvation, Tribulation

Be angry and sin not” (Ephesians 4:26). After Jesus had displayed His glory at a wedding in Cana of Galilee by changing water into wine, He and His disciples went to Jerusalem to observe the Passover feast. It served as a reminder of God’s deliverance of the Jews from 400 years of slavery in Egypt (Acts 7:6; Genesis 15:13). When He arrived at the temple, He saw and heard some things that really disturbed Him. Rather than it’s being a place of worship and prayer, as it had been when He had been there at the age of twelve, it was now more like an emporium or a noisy flee market. And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers doing business” (John 2:14).

Response. When [Jesus] had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changer’s money and overturned the tables. And He said to those who sold doves, ‘Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise” (John 2:15, 16)!

Shocked. When you take away a man’s source of income, he gets very upset. So they asked Jesus what sign miracle He would show them to demonstrate that He had the authority to chase them out of the temple. He responded by saying, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” They thought He was speaking of Herod’s temple that had been in construction for 46 years. But He was speaking of the temple of His body that would be raised from the dead after His crucifixion.

Harder. Which would be harder to do – to rebuild a temple like Herod’s in three days or to rise from the dead after three days? Obviously, it would be the latter. His bodily resurrection was the proof of His authority.  Without it, Christians are most pitiable (1 Corinthians 15:19).  Disprove the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ and you can destroy Christianity. Many have tried without success.

Disciples. It seems safe to assume that Jesus’ disciples were also flabbergasted as they saw Jesus chase out the merchants from the temple area. They had never seen this side of Him. They had believed in His as the Messiah and a miracle worker, but they hadn’t seen Him display His anger. He was angry at the right objects for the right reasons and for the right length of time. Our problem – seldom do we do this.

Future. This righteous wrath will be displayed in the future by Jesus Christ, the Lamb (Revelation 6:16). Jesus will pour out 21 judgments on the wicked people of this earth during the seven years of the Tribulation (Revelation 6-19). Where will you be at that time?

Meek And Lowly. On one occasion Jesus said, Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden[i.e. under the heavy load that the hypocritical scribes and Pharisees had added to the Mosaic Law] and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30). Some people have confused meekness for weakness. It’s not. Meekness involves having great strength that is under control. Just think of a horse that has been broken and that is tamed. It’s referred to as being meek. Meekness is also one part of the “Fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22, 23) which is Christ likeness.

Enigma. The Jews had and still have a problem understanding the words of the prophet Isaiah as he spoke of a conquering King (Isaiah 9:6, 7) and a suffering Savior (Isaiah 52, 53). They couldn’t reconcile these two ideas being found in One Person. But when He came the first time, 2,000 years ago, He died on a cross for our sins as the suffering Savior. But when He comes back after the seven years of Tribulation, (that includes the 3 ½ years of Jacob’s [Israel’s] trouble – Jeremiah 30:7; Matthew 24:15ff), the Lord Jesus Christ will come as the King of kings, and Lord of lords (Revelation 19:16). His initial rule over the whole earth will last for 1,000 years (Revelation 20:1-7) but it will go on into eternity future (Isaiah 9:7).

Problem. Do you have difficulty reconciling Jesus’ being angry with His love, grace, and mercy? God’s attributes include His being a good God, a righteous and holy God who is also omnipotent and omniscient. He is also truthful and loving. All of these qualities are in complete balance with each other. God the Father demonstrated His love for mankind by sending His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ to this earth to die for our sins (John 3:16). He bore the penalty that a righteous God imposed on sinful men (Romans 6:23). God’s righteousness and holiness had to be satisfied before He could extend salvation to us (1 John 2:2).

Condemned. But those who refuse God’s offer of deliverance from the lake of fire will end up there because they lack the necessary righteousness to enter heaven. This righteousness is not gained by our good works but by imputation (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). Just as our sins were placed on Christ, so His righteousness is placed on those who believe on Him as their personal Savior (Romans 4:24). Have you put your faith in Him alone to save you? If not, why not do so right now before it’s eternally too late (Hebrews 9:27)?

Confused? Perhaps some of this information is confusing to you. We’re here to try to answer the honest questions that you may have about your personal relationship to God? You can reach us at 805-238-3549 or visit our website for more information: www.kelseypeach.com

B.T.W. If you’re a Christian, God wants you to keep your body pure and clean. It is His temple (1 Corinthians 6:19, 20). Don’t defile it. Quickly confess all known sins (1 John 1:9; James 5:16). It’s better not to sin in the first place (1 John 2:1). With God’s help this is possible (2 Peter 1:3; Philippians 4:13; 1 Corinthians 10:13). We’ll try to write more about this matter in another article.

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