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Pastor Shane Ham : Ultimate Access To God

Remedy · 34:13 · Recorded March 28, 2021

Ultimate Access To God

Luke 19:41-42, 45-48; 20:1-2 (NLT2) 41But as they came closer to Jerusalem and Jesus saw the city ahead, he began to weep. 42“How I wish today that you of all people would understand the way to peace. But now it is too late, and peace is hidden from your eyes… 45Then Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out the people selling animals for sacrifices. 46He said to them, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be a house of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves.” 47After that, he taught daily in the Temple, but the leading priests, the teachers of religious law, and the other leaders of the people began planning how to kill him. 48But they could think of nothing, because all the people hung on every word he said. 1One day as Jesus was teaching the people and preaching the Good News in the Temple, the leading priests, the teachers of religious law, and the elders came up to him. 2They demanded, “By what authority are you doing all these things? Who gave you the right?”

What does the temple mean?

The temple is where you meet God face to face.

Psalm 63:1-2 (NCV) God, my God. I search for you. I thirst for you like someone in a dry, empty land where there is no water. I have seen you in the Temple and have seen your strength and glory.

Psalm 68:16 (HCSB) Why gaze with envy, you mountain peaks, at the mountain God desired for His dwelling?

The temple is where you sacrifice.

Hebrews 10:1-3 (NLT2) The old system under the law of Moses was only a shadow, a dim preview of the good things to come, not the good things themselves. The sacrifices under that system were repeated again and again, year after year, but they were never able to provide perfect cleansing for those who came to worship. If they could have provided perfect cleansing, the sacrifices would have stopped, for the worshipers would have been purified once for all time, and their feelings of guilt would have disappeared. But instead, those sacrifices actually reminded them of their sins year after year.

What does the cleansing of the temple mean?

1. Jesus demands spiritual reality.

2. Jesus demands authority.

Matthew 21:1-10 (NIV) 1As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me… 4This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: 5“Say to the Daughter of Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’” 6The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them. 8A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest!” 10When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”

3. Jesus declares that he’s the final temple.

John 2:18-19 (NIV) Then the Jews demanded of him, “What miraculous sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”

Matthew 27:50-51, 54 (NIV) 50When Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. 51At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split… 54When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”

1 Peter 2:4-5 (NIV) As you come to him, the living Stone–rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him– you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

Talk It Over
  • There’s something significant about Jesus stopping to make a whip out of cords. This took time and thought; he didn’t lash out in anger, but was purposeful in his actions and words. And even in his anger at all that man did he still went to the cross for us. Knowing this, does the cross take on even more meaning?
  • Rather than the temple being a place for people to go and experience God, it became a yearly requirement – like paying taxes. Merchants’ tables blocked access to God and became a place to “pay admission.” What in your life is blocking you from God’s presence? Has Jesus turned over tables in your life?
  • If you compare your spiritual life to the rooms of a house, which rooms do you think Jesus might want to clean up? Is there an attic or basement you never let him go in?
  • Shane asked us a very direct and pointed question: Is there spiritual reality in your life, or is your life like this temple? How would you answer? Is your life (temple) full of ritual, formality, or going through the motions, or is it full of heartfelt prayer, a real connectedness to God, and constant seeking of a face-to-face encounter with him?
  • What did you think about the example of “rearranging the furniture”? Is Jesus so comfortable in your heart that he can rearrange what he finds there? Or does he get push back from you when you see his plan?
  • Have you had a personal Palm Sunday? If not, what’s holding you back? Call on God now. Say “Hosanna – Lord, save me.” Welcome him in and show him you know he’s your King by giving him all of your life, holding nothing back. Don’t bargain and try to hold on to anything. If you’ll give him everything, he’ll give you everything and that’s the best deal you’ll ever make!
  • Parents – Check out the information on our kid’s page at northpointe.org/kids where you’ll find info on Sunday services and family resources to help you as you navigate this current season.

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