Weekly Devotional

Fiery Jesus (6)

John 2:12-25
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+2%3A12-25&version=NKJV

“When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen,
and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables.” (vs15)

     When we view the baby in the manger and sing of “O Holy Night,” we aren’t thinking much about the man who makes a whip of cords and drives money changers out of the temple courts. In fact, when we think of Jesus our image is meek and mild not strong and full of righteous anger. Yet, John reminds us that this Jesus is Almighty God. This Jesus is Almighty God who is jealous for his people. This Jesus is Almighty God who can be moved to anger that is righteous and just. This Jesus can be fiery.

     In this advent season, we make ready to receive God in the flesh. We make ready to receive a strong and powerful man, Jesus. We make ready for a Savior who yes, meets us where we are at, as we are and loves us. We also make ready for a Savior who can have no part with sin. This Jesus sometimes shows up in our lives with passionate fire, making a whip of cords and driving out our selfish desires. This Jesus is capable of overturning the tables of sin and greed in our hearts. This Christ that we preach is the Lord of all creation and when we let him into our lives, he moves with power, strength, and might as well as love and compassion. As you draw close to the Holy One this season, prepare to receive a fiery Jesus, our strong and powerful God.

 


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