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Talk about a fish story! The story of Jonah being swallowed by a fish is one we all hear from the time we are young. But what is the story REALLY about? Why did God go to such measures to get Jonah's attention? What will he do to get ours?
The Jewish people had been waiting for centuries for the arrival of the prophesied and promised King, who would come and establish His reign in Jerusalem. However, Jesus laments over Jerusalem knowing that the Israelites will reject Him, and that because of this rejection, will face the judgment of God. We have the same choice today. Will we choose to follow Christ, or reject Him? The answer to that question is the difference between life or death.
The Glory has left the temple for good! Are you ready for the Glory, Jesus Christ, to return again?
You can tell a lot about a nation or a religion by what they worship and where they worship. The Temple in Israel was the very heart and center of all Jewish worship and religion. It represented that place where God met with man. The large outer court that surrounds the Temple was called the Court of the Gentiles. It covered nearly thirty five acres. It was the court where Gentiles were allowed to enter to pray and worship the one true God. The Gentiles who came to worship Israel’s God were sometimes called God-fearers, people like the Ethiopian Eunuch or the Roman Centurion whose servant Jesus healed. The temple was supposed to be a house of prayer for all nations. This court had become filled with stockyards of bulls, sheep, goats, and birds, a veritable petting zoo of merchants buying and selling, banks exchanging money, the equivalent of ATMs. The volume of trade going on was staggering and this was Passover. The Jewish historian Josephus recorded that in 65AD over a quarter of a million lambs were slaughter at the Temple. The amount of people and animals must have been deafening.
Scripture: Isaiah 65:17-25; Acts 10:34-43; John 20:19-23 The Jews viewed Jesus as a threat to Israel and the Temple. That His actions would antagonize the Romans, causing them to come and destroy the Temple and Jerusalem. Jesus preached that we are the temple of Jesus Christ, not some building. Jesus declared that He is the center of God's presence, not some building. The Jews viewed Jesus as a radical. Jesus didn't have to die. He could've made alliances with the zealots or with Pilot. But Jesus knew He had to die for our sins. Then Jesus' resurrection proved that it is not over when we die. Instead, it is the beginning of eternal life.
The Pharisees and other religious leaders start a debate with Jesus over who has authority in the house of God. Text for this sermon comes from Luke 19:45-10:26. This is the 2nd in a 5 part series entitled Journey to the Cross.
We explore the three things that are essential for a church to be a church.
Are you bearing the fruit of saving faith today?
Its been a long walk, a long day, a long week... and yet there is still farther to go... but the Psalmist knows, even though there are choices of ease and diversions of lesser responsibilities, there is only one work and one place to be... in which court would you choose? to be a king among princes, or a love slave bound to the King? to have ease of life here? or to have ease of heart here? Psalm 84:9-12... the choices are yours... choose wisely...