S (Scripture): John 2:18 Then the Jewish leaders asked Jesus, “By what authority are you doing these things? What miraculous sign will you show us?”
19 Jesus answered, “Destroy this temple and in three days I’ll raise it up.”
20 The Jewish leaders replied, “It took forty-six years to build this temple, and you will raise it up in three days?” 21 But the temple Jesus was talking about was his body. 22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered what he had said, and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.
O (Observation): Jesus was at a wedding in Cana, where he turned ritual cleansing water into wine. Now, at the Temple for Passover, Jesus overturns tables, clearly upset that the Temple has been consumed by consumerism.
The Temple would no longer be what it was. Not if Jesus has anything to do with it.
Now, the Temple would be embodied in Jesus, though the Holy Spirit. Jesus would be the avenue to forgiveness. Jesus would be the pathway to love of God and neighbor.
No longer would God’s people lean on sacrifice and ritual cleansing in the way God’s people did before.
A (Application): So what saves us? What gives us hope? What assures us that we will be “okay” or even “thrive” in this life?
Sometimes we move about thinking we have total control over our lives. Sometimes we feel we determine our own destiny.
I’m not sure if these statements are true. I know we are each given a sense of calling in the world. I know living each day takes each of us contributing. Regardless of socioeconomic status, race, gender identity, sexual orientation/expression, ethnicity, etc.
Our coming together as a worldwide community reminds us of the riches of God’s blessings and expressions.
We all contribute – as volunteers, paid employees, VP’s, and CEO’s – to church and secular life and work. It takes all of us, working together. No one is to be left out.
As we contribute, may we experience the beauty and wonder of the complexities of this life.
P (Prayer): Gracious God, we see your beauty in the faces of our neighbors, from whatever walk of life from which they come. Help us to see you in our neighbor. Please be with us when we cannot see your face in our neighbor. Amen.