THE SIGNIFICANCE OF EASTER 1
CLEANSING THE TEMPLE
As we prepare for Easter, it is important we create time to reflect soberly on the essence of the season.
The last phase of the Messianic redemption project began with Jesus entering the Temple to carry out a cleansing. When the Jews’ passover was at hand, Jesus went up to Jerusalem because the passion of Christ was to take place in Jerusalem. May we discern the right location for the fulfillment of prophecies in Jesus name.
Easter is a period of reviewing your life with God to ascertain the areas which require a cleansing. We must re-enact the Temple visit as often as we can. After the resurrection, a new temple was built. It is the temple in our hearts. The Godhead (the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit) now reside in a temple not made by hands. What will the Lord find in your temple when He turns to his holiness searchlight on you? Jesus found an abominable change of use in the Temple from the house of prayer it was meant to be. The Temple (now Church) was turned into a merchandising warehouse. This was clearly an ABnormal USE (ABUSE).
“And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: 15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables; 16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.”
The Lord would have me ask you: What are you transacting in your temple? Judge yourself so you will not be judged. If you think you are standing, take heed lest ye fall. Stop and meditate deeply what transactions are going on in your temple. Is your heart now a merchandising warehouse of sin, carnality, bitterness, gossip, immorality? Conversely, is it still the holy temple of the living God where God takes delight to receive of your sacrifices?
What are we required to do to keep our temple perpetually cleansed?
First, become a man or woman of prayer. Pray without ceasing. Men ought always to pray and not faint. You are your Father’s house of prayer. Let the smoke of your prayers go up continually. Let the fire not go out in your inner altar.
“The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out.”
Secondly, let the zeal of your Father’s house consume you. We are in the last days. It’s no time to play games with God, with Church or with your life. (John 2:17; Psalms 69:9)
Third, strive to live according to pattern. Our mission on earth is written in the volume of the book. Discover your destiny path and pursue it zealously. Let holiness and consecration be your hallmark of living.
The suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus shall not be in vain in your life in Jesus mighty name. This is what Easter means to us.
Bishop Enobong Etteh
Salem Int’l Christian Centre, Lekki, Lagos.
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