Jesus went to Jerusalem, knowing he would meet certain death on the cross, as well as victory for our sake. His act of judgment in the temple is meant to be a warning to the people that God takes worship very seriously. His act of judgment aims to purify God’s people and to discipline them. The Lord chastises us, in order to lead us from the error of our ways to his love, truth and justice. Do we worship God with reverence and gratitude for His mercy? Do we submit to His word with faith and obedience?
Lord, help us to draw near to you with gratitude and joy for your great mercy. May we always worship you and give you praise with our thoughts, words and actions. Amen.