Sermon by The Rev. Brett P. Backus
Sunday, March 4, 2018
“I mean, I’m just going out on a limb here and guessing that for many of you, a table that probably needs flipping in your life is your relationship with social media, your marriage to your cell phone, or to technology in general. Or maybe, maybe it’s your favorite news channel or columnist. Or maybe it’s something just a little bit more sneaky, more subtle than that. Maybe it’s those things which on the surface seem good, positive, justified and necessary, like your political party or the stances and issues you choose to champion. Or maybe it’s your anger, your money, your ambition, your envy? Could those be the things in your life that are blocking you from God?” From The Rev. Brett P. Backus’ sermon on Sunday, March 4, 2018.
The Gospel: John 2:13-22
The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!” His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” The Jews then said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?” But he was speaking of the temple of his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.