Cleansing the Temple=Love

23 Apr

I had an amazing thought the other day.  It wasn’t amazing because I had it, but rather because of Whom I was thinking about.

And this was the thought–everything Jesus did during His life on this earth was motivated by love.  Everything.  Every single thing.  I pondered this and then I questioned, “What about the time when He blasted the Pharisees and Experts in Religious Law?  Was that motivated by love?”  I believe it was.  It was His love that yearned for those who were so committed to their traditions and practices to taste the true love and grace of His Father.

Then my thoughts turned to the occasion when He cleansed the Temple and threw out the moneychangers who had set up shop there.  I grew up hearing that we could classify Jesus’ strong reaction in that setting to “righteous anger”, and maybe that’s accurate.  However, could it be called loving?  I pondered that for a while too and had to conclude once again that it was.  My conviction is that He was not only zealous for His Father’s house, but His heart ached because they were missing the point of being in the Temple.

Then just a few minutes ago I read one of my favorite blogs:

http://conversationsforthejourney.com/2011/04/15/palm-sunday-reflection-he-looked-around-at-everything/

It is written by our dear friends Bart and Linda Tarman.  God has used them in our lives over the past 15 years to encourage us in our faith journey as we follow Jesus and to grow together with an international community of believers.  In this post Bart was reflecting on the very same scene in the temple and one of his concluding statements put an exclamation point on my own thoughts.

“…the temple was meant to be a house of prayer for all people.  It was not supposed to exclude and divide- but invite.  Invite all.  To meet the God of unbounded love.”  

So, as we anticipate and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, may we follow in His steps and be instruments of His unending, unspeakable and “unbounded” love.

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One Response to “Cleansing the Temple=Love”

  1. Bart Tarman April 23, 2011 at 10:46 am #

    Karen, Thanks for you kind thoughts about my blog on Jesus in the Temple! In fact, my site said I got a “ping back” on this from you- and since I had no idea what a “ping-back” was I went to your site and found your thoughtful reflections! Warmly, Bart

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