"Then they came to Jerusalem. And He entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling and those who were buying in the temple, and He overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves; and He would not allow anyone to carry anything through the temple. He was teaching and saying, 'Is it not written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations?' But you have made it a den of robbers.' And when the chief priests and the scribes heard it, they kept looking for a way to kill Him; for they were afraid of Him, because the whole crowd was spellbound by His teaching" (Mark 11:15-18).
Fear fueled the wrath of the religious leaders and fanned their jealousy and pride into flame. You threatened their power, their control, and their doctrine. You were turning their religious kingdom upside-down. You insisted on a return to the Truth and Spirit of the Word of God-a God whose heart was not focused on religious leaders building their own religious kingdom through control, but rather focused on the salvation of the souls of the nations through prayer. No wonder they were looking for a way to kill You.
But You didn't back down and You didn't tone it down. You confronted their compromise and assaulted their pride. You poured out Your compassion for the people, even as You erupted in anger over the actions of their leaders. Through it all, You continued to teach and proclaim the Kingdom of God, teaching by precept and by example. And all who saw You and heard You were spellbound, for You taught as One with authority (v. 1:27).
There's a cost for courage to stand for what is right, to persist in the truth regardless of the consequences. And only by the grace of God can we be moved with great love and compassion for people, while at the same time being moved with righteous anger toward that which dishonors God. But that's the Spirit of Christ. And You died in Your flesh as the Son of Man that we might have Your "Spirit of Christ" abiding in us (Romans 8:9). Lord, let me be spellbound by Your example and Spirit-filled in my life. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays
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