The Narrative of Jesus’ Life
John records this story early in his Gospel to demonstrate that Jesus was sent by God the Father. The proof is found in Jesus fulfilling Old Testament prophecies.
Excerpt from the Gospel
John 2:13 The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. 15 And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. 16 And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade.” 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”
Sharing your Faith
- What captures your imagination about this account?
- Jesus exhibited righteous “indignation” or “anger” without sinning. Discuss how you deal with emotionally charged situations as Christians.
- Share about a time you were especially zealous for God.
Pray for One Another
Each person is invited to share a prayer request. Another participant will volunteer to offer the petition. Once everyone has chosen a prayer request, take turns offering the prayers aloud.
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This devotion is for the 3rd Sunday in Lent, following the LCMS three-year lectionary. You can download a free copy of all the 2017-2018 Conversations about Faith & Life devotions on the Resources page.