Today we are going to look at an event in Jesus’ life and ministry that is recorded in all four gospels. This must be something important that God didn’t want us to miss.
If you want to follow along in your Bible, we will be in the Gospel of John, chapter 2.
Chapter 2 starts with the beginning of Christ’s public ministry. Jesus does His first miraculous sign. He turns water into wine at a large wedding that He is attending.
We know it had to be a very large wedding because of the quantity of wine Jesus made. Scripture tells us that Jesus made between 120 and 180 gallons of wine that day.
But how many people in the very large crowd realized that Jesus had done a miraculous sign? First there was Jesus’ mother, Mary. She is the one who got Jesus involved with the words in verse 3, “They have no more wine.”
Jesus’ reply is very interesting in verse 4 - "Dear woman, why do you involve me?" "My time has not yet come." Is Jesus telling His mother He’s not ready yet? Is Jesus feeling His human emotions of doubt, fear, anxiety or stress?
Scripture seems to have left out something at this point, like the look Mary gave her son. Because in the next verse Mary turns to the servants and says, “Do whatever He tells you.”
Verses 5-9 - 5 His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you." 6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to the servants, "Fill the jars with water"; so they filled them to the brim. 8 Then he told them, "Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet." They did so, 9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew.
Can you imaginhe what the servants were saying to each other as they were following Jesus’ instructions?
vs 11 – and this is very significant
“This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him.”
vs 13 - tells us that it was almost time for the Jewish Passover Feast. So Jesus went to Jersalem. When Jesus arrived at the Jewish temple He saw some things that greatly upset His heart.
vs 14 – “ In the temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves,”
Can you imagine the smell and the noise those animals were making in the temple?
The rest of the verse says, “and others sitting at tables exchanging money.”
These temple merchants had the Jewish religious leaders’ permission to set up their business in the temple. This was to supposedly help God’s worshipers to make the correct offerings to God.
But Jesus called them a “den of robbers.” They were cheating the people by charging too much money for the goods and services they were providing.
Let’s continue in verses 15-16 – “So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16 To those who sold doves he said, "Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father's house into a market!"
The other three gospels have more of Jesus’ words –
Matt 21:13 - "It is written," he said to them, "'My house will be called a house of prayer,' but you are making it a 'den of robbers.'"
vs 17 – His disciples remembered that it is written: "Zeal for your house will consume me."
This tells us His disciples knew their Bible. Ps 69:9 - for zeal for your house consumes me, and the insults of those who insult you fall on me.
I think Jesus made a lot of friends that day.
Jesus also made some enemies.
I’m sure it was after Jesus put his whip down. Verses 18-21
18 Then the Jews demanded of him, "What miraculous sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?" 19 Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days." 20 The Jews replied, "It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?" 21 But the temple he had spoken of was his body.
Jesus was telling them about the miracle He was going to perform to prove His authority. He was telling them about His resurrection, but they weren’t getting it.
Their hearts were not open to God. And there was no way they were going to make Him prove what they thought He said.
vs 22 - After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the Scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.
Apparently not even Jesus’ disciples understood what Jesus was saying until after His resurrection.
But Jesus had made them a promise - John 14:26 - But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
That promise is also for us if we are faithful to Jesus. Later the Holy Spirit helped them understand Jesus’ words in the temple.
God wants us to understand something about these events. What is it He wants to teach us?
Jesus used parables in almost all of His teaching. Could John chapter 2 be a parable?
What was the first miracle Jesus did in your life?
What was the beginning of His ministry in you?
Wasn’t it when He called you to be His disciple?
When you gave Him your heart and surrendered yourself to Him.
Remember Verse 11 - He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him.
Jesus wants you to put your faith in Him and start to walk in faith.
What was the next thing that happened in John chapter 2?
Jesus comes to inspect the temple, but in this case it’s your temple.
1 Cor 3:16 - Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you?
As your walk and relationship grow with Jesus, He will show you things that need to change in your heart. Some things will change easily, but other things will have to be driven out with a whip.
But God has made you a promise in Heb 13:5 - "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."
The most important thing to remember is that no matter what happens in your life, not matter what you do wrong, keep coming back to Jesus.
Do not give up on God and He will not give up on you.
CLAIM HIS PROMISE – Never will I leave you, Never will I forsake you.
The greatest freedom I have ever known is when I made the commitment to God,
I will do whatever you ask me to do. I will go wherever you ask me to go. Please Ask.
I’m not saying it will be easy, but God has promised that He will be with us through everything.
Never will I leave you. Never will I forsake you.
What things do you have in your heart temple today that keep you from doing what God wants you to do?
What things need to go so that God’s Spirit can dwell in your heart?
Is Jesus speaking to your heart today?