Daily Devotion on John 2:13-22
Text: John 2:13-22
There is one thing in this life that is staunchly defended by almost everyone, no matter what your political, religious, or socioeconomic affiliation… this thing is children.
Almost everyone knows that it is wrong to abuse a child. Almost everyone feels a strong sense of moral outrage when the news reports another story of a child sexually or physically mistreated. This feeling of outrage, this anger comes from the simple knowledge that certain things just should not be done. Recall how you felt the last time you heard a story about a child being left in a car on a 100 degree day or a little boy being abused by an older man and you will be coming close to understanding the way Jesus felt in John chapter 2.
It’s called righteous anger. It is a side of Jesus that is surprisingly rare in the gospels. If anyone has ever had a right to be morally outraged at every single person in this world, it is Jesus. Unlike our anger, there was no sin in Jesus’ anger. As true God he created this world as a perfect place. Thousands of years later when he walked on this earth as a man he saw, heard, and felt just how far from perfection this world had come. At the temple we see Jesus’ righteous anger spill out.
Jesus has every right to use that same whip to drive all of us straight to hell. Jesus has every right to make his righteous anger spill out on all of us because all of us have failed to live as he created us to live.
But by his great grace, instead of his anger Jesus shows us his love. Instead of being driven by a whip to hell Jesus shepherds us on the road to heaven. Our God is one amazing God!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, in your amazing love for us you did not treat us as our sins deserved. Instead you offered to punish yourself for all our sinfulness. Send your Holy Spirit into our hearts in an ever increasing amount, that we may strive to live as you would have us live. Forgive us when we fail you. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Posted on March 7, 2012, in Church, Daily Devotions, Preschool and tagged Anger, Child Abuse, Children, Forgiveness, John, John 2, Love, Mercy, Perfection, Righteous Anger, Upset. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.