This morning I was reading in Luke 19:45-46 about Jesus cleaning out the Temple. Do you remember that story? Jesus goes into the Temple, sees where all of the money changers have their tables set up. He sees the stalls and cages where the animals are kept to be sold for sacrifices. He turns over the tables, pushes down the gates and fences. That must have been some sight – men running and screaming, animals “mooing”, “baaing” and flying around. And Jesus angry. This passage always intrigues people because they get to see Jesus angry. In the verses just before this, Jesus weeps over the condition of the city of Jerusalem. Now he is enraged over the condition of the Temple.
Above it all, we would have heard the voice of Jesus, “My Father’s house is to be called a house of prayer!” A house of prayer – a safe place where people could come to have a conversation with God. Jesus is passionate about people being able to connect with His Father. He is moved to tears and provoked to anger over it.
Here’s the question I’ve been asking myself: If Jesus were to throw open the doors of Brentwood Baptist Church, what would he turn over, throw out, or run off? Would He recognize this church as a house of prayer, a safe place where people can meet with God? Are we doing anything to stand in the way of that?
Brentwood Baptist Church is his house. Would he recognize his home? Would he know us as his people?
I have my thoughts. What are yours?