Luke 19:45-48 “Then He went into the temple and began to drive out those
who bought and sold in it, saying to them, ‘It is written, [My house is a
house of prayer], but you have made it a den of thieves.’ And He was
teaching daily in the temple. But the chief priests, the scribes, and
the leaders of the people sought to destroy Him, and were unable to do
anything; for all the people were very attentive to hear Him.”
There have been a few times in my life when I was so dirty I looked like a
dust ball. This was after spending hours on a mower or plow. It was a
sheer delight to step into a shower and wash away the accumulated dirt and
In the week of His crucifixion, Jesus exposed the sin of the leaders. He
saw that they had violated the sanctity of the temple by allowing
commercial enterprises to exist in a place they should have kept holy.
The religious hierarchy had departed far from God’s demand for holiness.
They compromised in order to profit financially. They may have justified
their actions by claiming that allowing peddlers in the temple was just to
make it easy for the pilgrims to be able to sacrifice. Jesus was not
As I read today’s Scripture I am struck with the reality that anytime
Jesus comes into our life, He wants to cleanse us. He will not tolerate
our feeble excuses for allowing sin to contaminate us. He is the only One
who can clean us completely.
We might ask ourselves the question: “How does Jesus go about cleansing
the sin in our life?” John makes it very plain in First John 1:9: “If we
confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to
cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Is there sin in your life that needs
to be cleansed? Read this verse and obey it!!
Blessings dear hearts. Draw near to God today, trust Him completely and be