Daily Chapel

Daily Chapel – March 8, 2021

Date: 03-08-2021

Scripture Lesson:John 2:13-22

Preacher: Jon Kock

Description: Reading: John 2:13-22 The marketplace that was set up in the temple may have started as a well-intentioned service for those who had to travel long distances in order to celebrate the various festivals at the temple. Considering the two million-plus Jews in Jerusalem for Passover, this was a massive production. And, as Jesus found, it had gotten completely out of hand. In the place where people (especially Gentile believers, who weren’t allowed into the inner court of the temple) were supposed to worship, all that could be heard was the bleating of sheep and the lowing of cows and the cooing of doves and the yelling of merchants. It is not hard to see why Jesus was so incensed by what he saw! Jesus, using his authority as the Son of God, drove the merchants and their wares out of the temple. He wanted to restore the temple to what it was supposed to be: a place of worship for all people. The Jewish authorities, however, wanted to know by what authority Jesus could do this. They asked him to prove his authority by performing a miracle for them. Jesus knew that a miracle wouldn’t really satisfy them. So, he gave them a different sign: “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it up in three days.” The sign Jesus gave was a prediction of his resurrection. His body would be destroyed; he would die. But on the third day, he would raise it up again. When Jesus rose from the dead, he demonstrated conclusively that he was the Son of God. He had authority to cleanse the temple. He had authority to forgive the world’s sin. He had authority to declare the world righteous in God’s sight. He had the authority to overcome Satan in this battle too. Speaker: Jon Kock Hymns: CW 390 – “Salvation Unto Us Has Come” v. 1-4 CW 390 – “Salvation Unto Us Has Come” v. 5-6 Prayer/Day: Grant us, Lord, the spirit to think and do what is right that we, who cannot do anything that is good without you, may by your help be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.