“Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. ‘It is written,’ he said to them, ‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’ The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them.’”
– Matthew 21:12-14
Have you ever been to Disneyland? If so, you may have noticed the huge crowds that line up around the time of a parade. This is because people know where the action is going to be and they try to find a place along the route the will enable them to see it most clearly. Now, picture the parade starting and one of the floats randomly veering off toward Toontown instead of taking the expected course. What would you be thinking? No doubt you would immediately feel that something went wrong. Similarly, this was the case when Jesus took an unexpected route as He entered Jerusalem riding a donkey on that historic day during Passover. The crowds assembled expected the Son of Man to go directly to the Antonia Fortress, which was the part of the temple where the Roman garrison was housed. It was full of archers and javelin throwers who were ready to launch at any time if the masses got out of hand. It’s also where the Roman governor Pontius Pilate was; in essence, it was the center of Roman authority in the city.
That said, as Jesus cut through the crowds, the people must have been shocked when, rather than going to Caesar, He went to the temple courts. Instead of confronting the governing authorities and starting a political revolt, He turned over tables in His House, called out religious corruption, and then began to heal the masses. What an unexpected turn of events the Messiah initiated and what a statement it made about the priorities of existence in His Kingdom!
Friend, your body is a temple and your Savior made Himself at home there when you received His gift of salvation. He is much more concerned with your inner life than He is your outer. Your success is not measured by your conquests of fame and fortune or by how perfect you are in the eyes of religion, but simply by completing what He has called you to do. I encourage you to let Him turn over the tables of your heart and bring healing to the areas of your life that keep you from fully and passionately pursuing your calling. Don’t be afraid to take a route that’s different from what the world expects, even if it means disappointing your friends and family. Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, let Him be your guide, and you will be taken care of, empowered, and blessed!
Jesus, I want you to be the Lord of my life. Turn over tables in my heart and heal me from the inside out so I can passionately pursue my calling.
How does the route Jesus has called you to travel look different from what you expected? How has He changed your heart on the journey?