Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12
Psalm 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9
1 Corinthians 3:9-11, 16-17
What sign can you show us for doing this? (John 2:18
If you’ve ever seen a superhero movie, you know that at some point, that hero will have to prove himself. Someone in trouble is going to ask him, “What can you do for us?” Or the villain will say, “Show me what you’ve got.” That’s what makes characters like Spiderman, Batman, and Superman interesting to us. They look like ordinary people, but we love seeing them use their superpowers to get the bad guys!
Of course, the Jewish religious leaders in today’s reading are not villains. But they do want a sign from Jesus to justify his treatment of the money changers. In fact, throughout John’s Gospel these leaders demand signs. But there really isn’t a sign Jesus can do to prove that he has authority over the Temple. That’s because he is the real Temple, the dwelling place of the glory of God! He tries to explain that to them but only proves it later on by rising from the dead.
People are still looking for signs today. Some are lost and searching for God, and some are questioning or perhaps even hostile to faith. The only real sign we can give them is Jesus—just as Jesus himself did back then. And this is something we all can do. Remember: you are a temple of the Lord; he is alive in you through the power of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16). So you just might be the very sign that someone is looking for!
Don’t underestimate how much God can use you to bring people to him. If you are trying your best to stay close to the Lord every day, people are going to notice it—even more than the cross around your neck or the Bible on your desk. They will notice that you’re peaceful when you should be stressed, collected in the midst of chaos, and forgiving when you have every right to be angry. They’ll notice that there is not just something different about you, but someone.
So be at peace; Jesus is at work in you. He is the hero who can really save the day!
“Lord, fill me with the desire to know you and to walk in holiness. I want to be a sign of your presence in this world.”~WAU