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Revd Sara's Reflections for w/c 3rd March 2024

Lent Sunday 3 Jesus in the Temple – Righteous Anger

On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and He would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts.

How do I reconcile Jesus’ anger and actions in my mind and heart? I have a cerebral understanding that there is an appropriate righteous anger as spoken of in Scripture and displayed by Christ in this passage. I wrestle with this. How can I harness my anger and yet express it “righteously?”

I look to Jesus for clarity. In this passage, Jesus is making a stand for all things holy. He was trying to impress upon people the holiness of God and his temple. His anger was just and flawlessly righteous. The temple encounter gives us a small insight into the mind of God. God is jealous for righteousness and is incensed when sinful men trample on his holiness.

How do I follow Christ’s lead? I desire to be the one who stands “white hot” for God in the face of the unrighteous. This side of heaven, I suppose I will continue to struggle with righteous anger as well as fear and doubt.

For this, Christ was born. For this, Christ was crucified. For this, Christ rose from the grave.

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: What did you learn about anger when you were a child? How have your views of anger changed over time? How do you reconcile Jesus’ anger and actions in your mind and heart?

PRAYER: Jesus, help me know what you deem holy. Help me to take a bold stand for those things. Help me to be slow to anger. Continue to reveal yourself to me in ways that enable me to grow spiritually. Forgive me when I defile your temple in my daily actions. Bless those who make a stand for righteousness. Amen.

love and prayers Revd Sara

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