Sunday, Pastor Carter concluded his two part series entitled Crown and Cross. Scripture from Luke 19:41-47
This time he focused on verses 43-47. His message resembled that of an interview setting. the usual podium was not in the pulpit, but instead a nice table stand and two chairs were there.
He gave the sermon as if he was interviewing Jesus! He played the role of both the interviewer and interviewee.
Two important questions were asked in this interview.
1. What made Jesus weep?
2. What made Jesus angry?
In the time of scripture, Jesus was entering into the temple of Jerusalem, His Triumphal entry. As Jesus was entering into the temple, there were people inside of the temple who had started selling goods and animals. inside the temple! Jesus started to weep at the sight of the temple being turned into, what some versions of the bible refer to as the ‘den of thieves’. Weeping, didnt just mean one tear and a sob, but it meant to be overwhelmed with deep sorrow, and tears overflowing in pain and weary. This is how Jesus wept!
Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. Luke 19:41-42
Jesus wept because the people in Jerusalem did not know where the true peace came from. They did not know what to do or how to act to have true inner peace. Instead, people in that day were searching for what they thought was the way of how to act. Because these people had missed out on true peace and salvation, Jesus warned them of what may be to come…
Before long your enemies will build ramparts against your walls and encircle you and close in on you from every side. They will crush you into the ground, and your children with you. Your enemies will not leave a single stone in place, because you did not accept your opportunity for salvation. Luke 19:43-44 (NLT)
Not only did Jesus wept, but He also grew angry. Particularly with the people inside of the temple turning what was ordained to be a House of Prayer, into a House of selling goods and animals for sacrifice..
Then Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out the people selling animals for sacrifices. He said to them, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be a house of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves.” Luke 19:45-46
In the interview, Pastor Carter, playing the role of Jesus Christ, explained in detail how angry he was over the temple being used for all other acts except for prayer. He said that Jesus was angry then, and that He is still angry today in 2011. Angry that we as a church people have made the church into some type of entertainment center, and gotten away from the true purpose of the church. We as a body of Christ need to get back to making the church the house of prayer that it is. the holy temple. Not only the church but we should recognize our own bodies as a temple where Jesus Christ dwells in. (Me included!)
In regards to the first question on weeping, Jesus is telling us that we should weep over the things in our life, that does not glorify God. The things that we see in our homes, in our families, the things that we see our friends doing, at school, our co-workers at job, any ungodly acts or anything that defiles and pollute the temple of Christ , whether our personal body, or the body of Christ as a whole, we should deeply weep about it! But we should also get angry! not the anger that leads to violence, but the anger that leads to revival, intercession, prayer, bible studies, fasting, whatever it takes to continue to strengthen and revitalize the body of a Christ as a whole, and to bring more people to Christ. The Christians that have fallen out of the faith, fallen short of His glory, The church folk who discriminate, procrastinate, and act hypocritical in so many ways. The ones who know Jesus, but refuse to submit to Him, the ones who don’t know Jesus, and know all the ways of the world, the ones who wish to know Jesus, but lack the push and drive in their lives to make that change. These are the people, the things, that we should weep over, cry over, and become angry over.
This is what should drive us into deep passionate prayer
Lord Jesus, I come to You right here and now, asking that You reveal yourself to ones who are lost. We cry out to You right now, asking you to restore us all as a body of Christ, restore the Church, grow the people in the church, as we continue to grow your ministry, give us the strength to reach out to the sick, to the shut-in. To those who desire to know Your name more, but lack the spiritual consistency, or the personal drive and support from friends and family to get to know You. God, i know that what you’ve done in my life, and the lives in my friends and family members, bringing us closer to you, was no fluke. I ask right now humbly that you give me the courage and strength to go out and tell someone who doesn’t know You, how great You truly are. Give me the courage and power to introduce them to You, in a way that they know You love them, that You care for them, that they can repent from their sins right now and come to You, and bow at your feet Father. Give me the wisdom for the words to say, lay it upon my heart to share Your word with them. Bless me with the mindset, and the will to pray for them, whether it be a classmate, a friend, a family member, i want them to know You like I know you! Lord I thank you and praise you for being so faithful to me, forgiving me of my past, present, and future sins. You are truly worthy to be praised! Lord I know that without You, there would be no me! I am truly grateful for You being the head of my life. I understand just why you wept, and just why you grew angry and cleared your temple. Thank You for what you’ve done. Lord i ask that you purify my body as a personal temple you dwell in, wash away all that is not of You. So my body may be what you ordained it to be. A Living Sacrifice, made holy and acceptable to You.
Its in the precious blood that my sins have been washed away. By faith I receive your forgiveness, and salvation.
I pray this prayer in Your matchless name Jesus, Heal those who are sick, Deliver those who need to be saved, and guide those who need to know that You are the way.
Father I thank you for the Word, thank you for my Pastor and his family, and thank you for my church. Let it be an instrument and outward ministry to bring the lost ones to be saved, and the saved to continue to exemplify You God.
In your precious name I pray Jesus,