There are holy places, holy things, and holy people. In John 2, Jesus cleanses the temple by making a whip of cords and driving out the people who were using it as a market and the animals they were selling. People can be holy, too. Jesus, of course; but also, you!
Introduction: A young woman with a sense of the holy.
The holiness of God’s temple and how it was abused.
The action Jesus took.
Holy spaces today and their proper use.
Why Jesus considered his body to be a temple.
His prophecy concerning his death and resurrection.
How you are made holy by baptism and holy communion.
For a short time Peter became Jesus’ adversary because he was unwilling to accept what Jesus was trying to teach him. We also need to give attention to God’s Word; especially, when it is hard to accept.
There are many different ways that people summarize what Jesus taught. Unfortunately, the more popular summaries of his teaching leave a lot to be desired. The Mark’s Gospel summarizes it this way, “The Kingdom of heaven is at hand. Repent and believe the good news.”
Reconciliation is a process that takes two and takes effort. How does the process work when the one we want to reconcile with is God? With whom is God willing to be reconciled? What has he done to make it possible? What is expected of you?
The end of the first chapter of John’s Gospel recounts how Jesus gathered his first disciples near the place where John the Baptizer was working. How did he connect with them? What did they think of him? Why did they go with him? We invite you to come with us during the coming year as we follow Jesus through the Gospels.
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It’s more than 2000 years since Christ was born, but the Church still sings the song of the angels, “Glory to God in the highest and peace to his people on earth.” We sing it despite our troubles. We sing it because the angel’s message is still good news to troubled people and we sing it with an important difference, an addition that they could not rightfully sing.