Dear brothers and sisters,
Greetings in the Lord!
When you think of Jesus, what is the first descriptive word that comes to mind? Probably not “angry.” It is easy to imagine Jesus blessing small children, healing the sick, and turning the other cheek. But Jesus with a whip in his hand? Last week in John 2:12-25 we saw more of the lion than the lamb as Jesus overturned tables and cleared the temple courtyard. The source of his righteous anger was the Jews’ utter contempt for God’s glory. They had exchanged the worship of God for the worship of money, making “my Father’s house a house of trade” (John 2:16).
Jesus came to give himself as a sacrifice for the forgiveness of sins, that we might draw near to God in true worship. But often our hearts reflect the outer courtyard of that temple, full of activity that has nothing to do with the worship of God. Take some time this week to reflect on the condition of your heart. Is it hurried and busy with false worship, or is it zealous for God’s glory? Do not be gentle with glory-robbing idols—in Christ’s resurrection power and with his full blessing, use the whip!
Bond, Mike Bond
At Church on Mill we believe that the primary responsibility for the discipleship of children is with the parents—but this does not mean that parents are alone in discipling their children! For some time we have been looking for someone to come on staff as the Director of Family Ministries. This week, Mike Bond has stepped into that role, and we are thrilled! Please be in prayer for Mike as he takes on this important ministry, helping to better equip parents and support the deacons who have worked so faithfully to see our families grow in Christ-likeness. For more details, see here.