Anger and Love in the Temple

—John 2:12–25

  • Andrew Fountain – Oct 6, 2019

 
 
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Goal:

  • To understand Jesus’s anger
  • and Feel his love towards us.

Quick Recap

  1. The extraordinary poem hidden in the first 18 verses of John [1:1–18]
  2. Why the very first believers were so drawn to Jesus [1:19–51]
  3. A Different Take on turning Water into Wine [2:1–11]

Anger and Love in the Temple

  1. A close reading of the story
  2. A couple of critical questions
  3. How Jesus speaks to us in this story

John 2:12–25

Belief

  • To Nathanael
    “Because I said to you. I saw you… (do) you believe(?).”
  • At Cana
    “His disciples believed in him.”
  • At Jerusalem
    “His disciples remembered that it was written… ”
    “His disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the scripture and the word which Jesus spoke.”

Anger and Love in the Temple

  1. A close reading of the story
  2. A couple of critical questions
  3. How Jesus speaks to us in this story

Why was Jesus so angry?

  1. Horrible misrepresentation of someone he loved so dearly.
  2. The people he loved were not being shown the way to life.

Why the part about “temple of his body”

  • The temple was a very imperfect way of meeting the Father
  • Jesus is the sacrifice, he is the place where we take in God’s love

Anger and Love in the Temple

  1. A close reading of the story
  2. A couple of critical questions
  3. How Jesus speaks to us in this story

3. How Jesus speaks to us in this story

  • What do you think of when you think of coming into God’s presence?
    Jesus wants to re-write the story for you!
  • Are you angry at the distortions of God out there?
  • Jesus knows what is in you, and this is not scarey!