2 thoughts on “What Would Jesus Do?”

  1. The picture is misleading.

    Jesus did not exercise judgment by physically beating people. You will find absolutely no record of that in the story. But our carnal reasoning puts in that kind of interpretation because we naturally tend to think that flesh is the greatest force.

    “And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,” (Matt. 21:12).

    How did He cast them out? It doesn’t exactly say. But we tend to read into it what our flesh counts as the only effective force: carnal strength.

    But in the kingdom of God, flesh counts for nothing. “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but spiritual, to the pulling down of strongholds.” Any man who has struggled against sin, and tried by will power, promises, resolves, self-denials, and personal torments, to overcome sin, knows in himself that these fleshly methods all fail in the end. But simple surrender and unyeilding faith, prevail.

    The battle is spiritual, and “faith is the victory that overcomes the world.”

    The kingdoms of this world who count themselves as “righteous” work this way: first they try negotiation, rewards, privileges, promises. When these fail, then they try threats, sanctions, fines, imprisonments. And when these fail, then finally carnal force (guns, bombs, war) are the final resort. This is how the kingdoms of the world work, because their confidence is in the arm of flesh.

    But Christ’s kingdom is entirely different. The power is in the word of God, and in the presence of the Holy Spirit to convict of sin.

    But we tend to think Christ made a big display of physical strength (like some Kung Fu master in the movies) which so impressed them that they ran for their lives. This makes no sense, especially if we consider the Bible description of Christ as “harmless.”

    One man, armed with a “scourge of small cords” is hardly a threat to a bunch of greedy financial dealers, nor would it make them run away from their much-loved money. You can test this out. Walk into any bank with a “scourge of small cords” and try to chase them all out. They will either laugh at you, or quickly tackle you to the ground until the police arrive. It was no different back then. These men loved their money, and their business was also supported by all the authorities in the temple. You can be sure there were men there ready to stop robbers and thieves from interfering with the business.

    So how did it really look? How is spiritual power exercised?

    Christ came into the temple and the Holy Spirit so filled Him and convicted those in the room, that they felt as if they were in the presence of the Judge of all the earth. Like those who at the Second Advent seek to hide in the rocks and caves to hide from His face, so now those buyers and sellers felt their guilt and could not bear to look upon Him. In their overpowering sense of guilt and fear, they forgot all about their money, and fled to hide themselves from the Judge.

    The whip in His hand was a sign of the divine retribution that was hanging over the Jewish nation. He turned over their tables as a sign and warning to them that their corrupt practices would come to nothing in the end. These symbolic warnings were literally fulfilled in the destruction of Jerusalem, 40 years later.

    You can find this same spiritual power exercised in many other places in the word of God. For example, what protected Moses from the power of Pharoah when he went down to Egypt completely unarmed? One simple soldier from the Egyptian army could have cut Moses to pieces at the command of Pharoah…yet it never happened. What killed Annanias and Sapphira when they lied? How did Saul become one of the prophets when he came in the influence of the school of prophets? There are many other examples of the power of truth and love.

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