SERMON SHORT FOR March 7th, 2021
Exodus 20:1-17, John 2:13-22
Remember the day that gentle-Jesus-meek-and-mild threw a hissy-fit in the temple?
Jesus did not lash out at the people there, he was lashing out at their worship. He attacked religion. His assault is not upon the pagans at the local pub, or the backsliders sleeping in on Sunday morning. Here he is attacking the righteous attendees doing the things they were supposed to be doing to get close to God. Here he is attacking the churchgoers – us.
Have we made our temple into a neighbourhood supermarket? Remember this throughout Lent. We can play all we want at making worship right and making religion right. We can do all the right things and we can still be farther from God than an ox or a moneychanger.
What is our worship or our religion worth if not deeply moved from our soul?