TEACHING AT THE TEMPLE

“Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him. Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his words”.

Lk 19:47, 48 NIV

T he temple was the heart of Jerusalem – like Buckingham Palace is in London. And Jesus spent most of his time teaching there, telling people about God, the kingdom, and how they were to go about responding to God. It is significant because it was so symbolic. At the heart of all Hebrew religion was the speaking God. God’s word was going out in the temple precinct, the very purpose for which the temple was built. But the religious leaders could not see it, because they could not see who Jesus was, nor what he was about. The temple was also where the priests offered the sacrifices the people brought to atone for their sins. And soon Jesus was to be the Lamb of God sacrificed for the sins of the whole world.

Light and life were being offered to the people at the temple because of who Jesus was and because of what he was doing. Christian disciples need always to look to Jesus to hear and receive the word of God, not only at Easter but the whole year round. They also need to look to him for the salvation they seek and that makes their lives worthwhile. And there are sometimes those who would prevent them from “seeing Jesus”. The opponents of Jesus are many today – powerful, influential and highly motivated. See the opponents of Jesus for who and what they are. And always be at the temple listening for God’s word and truth.

PRAYER THOUGHT

Lord, keep me ever fixed on Jesus.