Many think of meek people as if they were also weak. To hold one’s tongue when others would lash out is not a sign of weakness. While meek people often think of others before themselves, this is not a weakness either. Jesus was meek, but don’t for a minute think He was weak. He was willing to stand strong for the things which matter most.
John 2:13-15 (ESV)
13 The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
14 In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there.
15 And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables.
Have you ever thought about Jesus’ hands? Were they soft? Probably not. He had worked with His earthly father, a carpenter, most of His life. His hands were probably calloused, rough and strong. He was no pushover. The scene described above surely gives a picture contrary to what the majority of people think about Jesus. After all, the drawings of Jesus always show a “pretty-boy” who is holding children on His lap. He doesn’t look tough in those pictures. But, the person turning over tables in the temple and driving people out of the temple looks very tough.
Jesus was mad. It isn’t a sin to be mad over the right things. Jesus was mad because people had turned His Father’s (God’s) house into a den of thieves.
John 2:16-17 (ESV)
16 And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade.”
17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”
It was right for Jesus to be angry. The only place women and Gentiles could go within the temple was this “outer courtyard” where the traders had taken over. Those who desperately needed God and to come and seek Him through prayer had their ears filled with the noise of the marketplace. By the time Jesus was finished that day, there would be enough silence for a person to seek God in.
John 2:18 (ESV)
18 So the Jews said to him, “What sign do you show us for doing these things?”
Another way to ask this question would be, “Who do you think you are? Who gave you the authority to do this?” I find this humorous for anybody in that temple to question Jesus about His authority. He is THE AUTHORITY over all of creation. He made it all. He was there with His Father in heaven when they fashioned the world and all that is in it. The temple was built to worship His Father. He was sent by His Father to make them ready for eternity. His answer will point to the greatest sign of His authority. He has authority over life and death. Only God has that authority.
John 2:19-22 (ESV)
19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”
20 The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?”
21 But he was speaking about the temple of his body.
22 When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.
The sign which would signify to the world who He was and what authority Jesus had is the Sign of the Resurrection. Jesus has all the authority and said so in Matthew, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given me…”
Jesus had authority to forgive sin. Jesus still has that authority. He had authority over nature when he healed people, calmed the sea, spoke to the wind and raised people from the dead.
JESUS HAD THE AUTHORITY TO TAKE THE NAILS WHICH YOU AND I DESERVE.
Jesus proved His authority when He rose from the dead on the third day. He’s tougher than nails.
In Jesus’ service,
Pastor Jerry Jeter