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Saturday, March 23, 2024

His Time Had Come

Luke 19:45-46

“45 When Jesus entered the temple courts, he began to drive out those who were selling. 46 “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be a house of prayer’ but you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’47 Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him. 48 Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his words.”

By cleansing the temple and teaching in temple each day, Jesus drew the attention of the religious authorities to himself.  I believe this was His intent.  He did not make the journey to Jerusalem to hide in a corner on some deserted street.  His time had come, so he acted in a way that was consistent with His coming.  Jesus knew the result of His actions, He knew how things would end, and he acted boldly and in public view.

Many times during His ministry, Jesus had asked people that he helped or healed that they not tell anyone.  Now, Jesus accepted their shouts of praise and their claims that He was the Messiah, the son of David.

His time had come.  

And the chief priests, the teachers of the law, and the leaders of the people plotted to kill him.

May the love of Christ be with you,

Rev. Eric Lanier (Retired)

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