Sunday January 16 2022
Will The Real Jesus Please STand Up?
John 2: 13-22
Rev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch
13 The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. 15 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. 16 He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!” 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” 18 The Jews then said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” 19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in
three days I will raise it up.” 20 The Jews then said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?” 21 But he was speaking of the temple of his body. 22 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.
JOHN 2:13-22 NRSV
Call To Worship
We come to worship for new understanding
We know our own doubts and mistakes.
We are impatient with God’s ways.
So we rely on our own wisdom.
We can mistake our traditions and practices for God’s grace and glory.
We come to worship for new understanding.
This is the Good News which we have received, in which we stand, and by which we are saved, if we hold it fast:
That Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day; and that he appeared first to the women, then to Peter, and to the Twelve, and then to many faithful witnesses.
We believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. Jesus Christ is the first and the last, the beginning and the end; he is our Lord and our God. Amen.