Jesus, the Basics: fake and true religion
Sunday, March 18, 2018 – 10:00am
The story of Jesus getting angry in the Temple is well known. Jesus was upset that some people made light of religious realities in such a way that God was disrespected. There are many versions of faith in Jesus Christ “on sale” in the “marketplace.” The task for every person of faith is to discern what really matters for a religion to work. What is essential and what is superficial?
This story comes at the very beginning of the Gospel of John…as if Jesus is saying to his “church” -You have to clean up your religion and make it real and true:
Mark 11:15-19 (Common English Bible)
They came into Jerusalem. After entering the temple, he threw out those who were selling and buying there. He pushed over the tables used for currency exchange and the chairs of those who sold doves. He didn’t allow anyone to carry anything through the temple. He taught them,
”Hasn’t it been written, My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations? But you’ve turned it into a hideout for crooks.”
The chief priests and legal experts heard this and tried to find a way to destroy him. They regarded him as dangerous because the whole crowd was enthralled at his teaching. When it was evening, Jesus and his disciples went outside the city.
How much is your personal life of faith built on foundations that make sense for you? Or how much have you inherited or passively accepted from others? How do you discern what s basic and essential, and what is superficial and providing spiritual clutter to your personal temple?
Prayers please for:
Family of Al and Pat Arthur, Ginny Baldauf, Dick Bishop, Peggy & Paul Blankenship, Ruth Burgess, Peggy Fenimore-Brown, Joseph Lappia, Betty Metcalf, Family of Frances Phillips, Steve Mitchell, Dick Smith