Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 07-MAR-2021 - 11.00 AM Sermon
Rev Dr Greg Elsdon
Lent 3 – From time to time there are news reports of a public figure doing something stupid and outrageoous, without seeming to consider the consequences. Didn't Jesus realise what he was doing, when he forcibly cleared traders and their stock out of the temple in Jerusalem? Didn't he see it was going to end in tears? The writer of John's gospel wanted it to be seen that Jesus was opposed to the exploitation of temple pilgrims for commercial gain, and that the presence of the God of Israel can never be limited to sacred sites. The worship we offer to God has value in the eyes of God, and for our own being, when it grows out of, and celebrates, our lived experiences of God – in the whole of life, not just in special, supposedly sacred moments. Do we build a house for God so we can choose when we go to see him, instead of having God stay with us in our own house? What happens to the people who never show up in our special "House of God"? May the challenge of this story, and the questions about a special house for God, remain with us throughout this Lenten journey.
John 2: 13-22

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