While I worked on some things this picture came across my mind. The passage is John 2:13-22.
The temple was created for worship, much like mankind was created for worship. It was to be pure, to be spotless, to be the meeting place of God and man. Sound familiar?
Once was a garden wherein man lived and communed with God. God had made man to worship Him. It was the reason for creation, to glorify God… It still is the reason for creation.
But man sinned and fell.
The Temple created for worship, intended for nothing else but worship, fell.
Then Jesus came in and whipped out the traders, turned over the root of the issue, the money, and cleansed the Temple.
John 2:13-22 is a picture of the Gospel, of what Jesus does in the life of his people.
Traders buying, selling while the moneychangers finance it all inhabits you. Yet Jesus comes crashing into your life, whip in hand, and doesn’t simple go for the small issues, the pigeons and goats, he turns over the root of the problem, your sin filled heart. Then by the blood of himself he cleanses you and calls you, “Mine.”
Yet we are constantly being made new. Sin is continuously being routed out by the work of the Spirit, the Helper.
Jesus has done precisely what was planned. Cleansed.
Beautiful, no? To be the temple of the Spirit, the dwelling place of God. Him moving and working and causing life to be and sancification to occur. Wonderful.
Yet still there's sin.
This shows how deep the problem goes. Everything we are is corrupted by sin. Everything (Errything).
The situation ought to seem a little desperate. That we're all hypocritical messes just waiting to explode. But today I'll go to lunch at The Anchor and talk like a leader.
Because there's only one reason why life can carry on while a tooth and nail war is raged in your soul.
"My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness... His oath, his covenant, his blood supports me in the whelming flood. When all around my soul gives way, he then is all my hope and stay."
At least this must be the aim.