Then Jesus entered the temple courts and began to drive out those who were selling things there, saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house will be a house of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of robbers!” Jesus was teaching daily in the temple courts. The chief priests and the experts in the law and the prominent leaders among the people were seeking to assassinate him.
As the Lord Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem, He saw the activities in the temple that displeased him, He was moved and cleared out the temple and reminded the people that temple is a house of prayer, a place where the community of believers are to proclaim the glory of God, where everyone who comes into it are to be blessed and receive the message of God’s good news.
In today’s reflection for the Holy week, we remember Jesus Christ, cleansing the temple, and now the temple is us. The spirit of the Lord dwells in us, we God’s people, the church, who will worship the Lord in spirit and in truth, no longer in venues, sites and hills (John 4:23-24) for through Christ, we are baptized with the Holy Spirit, therefore He now lives in us, God with us. In verse 24, we see the attempts against Christ as he teaches in the temple, same goes with us, as the living temples, the enemy attempts everyday to draw us away from the sanctification of the Lord. May we be more aware of this and in times of doubts, confusion and temptation, may we even hold tighter to Christ.
May we as His people this Holy week, be also reminded to honor God with our bodies, allow the Lord Jesus Christ to cleanse us everyday away from what displeases Him. May the grace and mercy of God move us to submission and revere our Lord, by preserving our bodies as the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:19), let our lives worship our King, rejoicing and walking with Christ everyday and as people who will be witnesses of God’s glory and may others see Jesus Christ in our lives, that through us, they will also receive the gift of God’s salvation and hope in the savior, Jesus Christ.