Our culture has done this thing where we have made Jesus seem weak and even feminine. However, what we see here is very different. Jesus asserts his Authority and his power, and expresses that He is not of this World.
Jesus, our God is not some delicate flower. He is the Lord of the universe and he holds that power and authority. When Jesus enters the temple He was incredibly displeased with how the people were using the temple for their gain and their greed. The temple was a place of the Lord and was to be respected. Jesus took great offence at this. His reaction was not to talk through this or tell them about how He was feeling. Jesus with the authority of God (important to remember) started flipping tables and kicking people out. He had zero tolerance for what was happening.
Then he retreats to be alone. Now I don’t know if you have ever had that moment when you go to the fridge or the pantry because you are hungry and you know you have something you really want in there, but when you open the door or cabinet it is gone… someone has eaten it or maybe it expired. Jesus has a similar moment to this when he sees a fig tree, but when He goes to get a fig there was none. So Jesus causes the tree to wither and die. The disciples are really impressed at the power of Jesus.
Lastly we see the priests and elders questioning the authority of Jesus. The result is that they have to answer Jesus’ rebuttal with “we do not know.” The bottom line is that the wisdom and knowledge and authority, and power is greater than our own.
Too often we as finite humans decide that we know more, or we have the ability to be more, or that we have control over everything. The bottom line is that Jesus is greater and bigger, and smarter, and wiser, and has ultimate authority that should not be questioned.
Have you given God the adoration He deserves lately?
Have you gotten to a place where you have removed Him from control?
Will you give Him back control today and respond to His authority with praise and proper fear?
By: Dakota Gragg