When you read the stories in the New Testament you don’t often get the picture that the Jews of Jesus’ time were people who sat by and took whatever was dealt to them. Often times we see them trying to stone people to death, and once we saw them try to push Jesus off of a cliff!
I’m not posting this to say that the Jews were a violent people in general. But when reading the second half of John 2, one should consider the tendencies that many of the people had when it came to deeds and services related to God. In religious matters, one could not go about doing as he pleased if it was in opposition to the religious leaders.
One certainly couldn’t go around overturning the merchant tables at the temple, and threatening people with a whip. But we see a unique event recorded in John 2. Jesus turned the tables over, threatening violence. And guess what…
They had nothing to say for themselves, and they did not threaten Christ.
There was something about Jesus, a presence, it seems, that people could not deny. Here in this passage nobody attacks Jesus. In fact, nobody even accuses Him of wrong doing. Sure, they ask Him by what authority He did what He did. But that’s all they did. They never even defended their market.
We see Jesus’ presence come into play in other places too. The main one that comes to my mind is when the soldiers first came to take Christ away to be crucified. When they ask for Jesus He replies with “I am He”, and they all fall to the ground! I don’t know what exactly happened, but it cannot be denied that Jesus had a special presence.
And I think that it may be good for us to remember that Christ has the right to be that way in the hearts of other Christians. Sometimes we see a brother or sister struggling in sin, and we neglect our duty to tell them what Christ says. Sure, we’re to do so in gentleness, but we are to approach them just the same.
So if you have let Christ be the Lord of your life, listen to Him and let others hear what He says. Trust that Jesus is the only one who can truly help people. And trust that if He be lifted up, He will draw all men unto Himself.
We destroyed His body, and He rose it up in three days. We are God’s temple, and he can raise us up as well. Nobody has grounds to deny His zeal.
None have stones to throw when Jesus clears the temple.