March 24, 2006

A Forgotten Mission

Mark 11:15-19

"Is it not written: ?My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations'?" Mark 11:17


Yesterday we saw that one reason Jesus became angry and cleared out the temple was that this house of prayer had been turned into a thruway and a marketplace.

Another thing that made Jesus upset was that this place of worship was supposed to be "for all nations," but it was not serving the nations well at all. The section that had become a marketplace was known as the court of Gentiles, the only place in the temple where people of non-Jewish descent were permitted to come and worship God. But with all the busyness of a major marketplace, how could anyone worship there? The temple authorities who allowed this traffick were showing little concern for Gentile believers who came to Jerusalem to worship God.

Jesus grieved the fact that these people whom the Father loved couldn't worship here free of distractions. For Jesus, the temple symbolized the Father's passion to connect with the nations of the world. But that wasn't happening. That mission had been forgotten.

Now that Jesus has died for us and risen from the dead, we who are Christians have become the temple of God, with the Holy Spirit living in us (1 Cor. 3:16). So let's remember that we are now made holy and that God calls us to connect with the nations--for Jesus' sake.

Lord, rekindle in my heart a love for those who do not know you. I pray for friends, family, and neighbors who need to know the Savior who gave his life for them. Amen.

About the author — Kevin DeRaaf

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