May 18, 2016

John 2:12-22

In no uncertain terms, Jesus cleared the money changers and livestock out of the courts of the temple. He sent the money scattering, the birds flying, and the animals running along with some of the money changers. This decisive event left the Jewish leaders wide-eyed and slack-jawed.

When the smoke cleared, the leaders didn’t ask him why he did what he did. It seems safe to assume they knew what they were doing was wrong. They didn’t say, “Hey, without the animals and money changers, how are we supposed to line our pockets with money?” Instead of why, they asked, “What sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?”

Taking some license, in our vernacular, it might have been, “Who do you think you are?” or just, “Who are you?”

After leaving Bethsaida with his disciples and as they walked toward a village near Caesarea Philippi, Mark tells us Jesus turned the question around and asked his disciples . . . and every person that has come face-to-face with Jesus since: “Who do you say I am?” The question still hangs in the air and he asks it of us, “Who do you say I am?”