Continuing our series on The Treasure in the Field, The Coming of the King

The trial of Jesus revolved around his alleged claim to be king. The event that immediately precipitated this conflict was his provocative entry into Jerusalem. His decsion to ride in on a donkey drew everybody’s attention to Zecharaiah 9:9 which they knew said “See, your king comes to you!”. And their response, waving palm branches and crying “Hosanna”, indicated that they undersood this.

But the scene quickly turned ugly. On arriving in Jerusalem, Jesus went straight to the temple. It was there that the practical implications of his coming as king were clearly seen – and those implications remain the same for us, regardless of what expression of his “coming” we are faced with. It all boiled down to “My place or yours?”

In the Temple, he immediately began to throw his royal weight around – incensed that the Temple was being used for profit rather than prayer. It had become a non-prophet for-profit operation. Even more pointedly, quoting scripture, he said “MY house will be called a house of prayer” (Mt 21:13). That settled it: he called it “my place!” And the religious leaders immediately picked up on the implications, demanding to know “by what authority” he overthrew their zoning regulations without seeking a permit from them for his proposed “change of use” of these premises. “Is this our place or yours?” they asked – believing it unquestionably to be their place.

And what was true of the temple in Jerusalem back then is true of other temples today. Temples like our bodies, intended to be temples of the Holy Spirit. Our place or his? Does he have the authority to overturn everything in our lives and re-zone it for different purposes?

You can read the whole chapter: The Coming of the King
Or, you can listen to Chapter 2 as audio files: Part onePart two and Part three.

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