Sermon: Thursday 18th June

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Preached on 16th June 2020
(11th in Ordinance Time)
by Dr Alistair MacDonald

John 2:13-25

Jesus Goes to the Temple

13It was almost time for the Passover Festival, so Jesus went to Jerusalem. 14There in the Temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and pigeons, and also the moneychangers sitting at their tables. 15So he made a whip from cords and drove all the animals out of the Temple, both the sheep and the cattle; he overturned the tables of the moneychangers and scattered their coins; 16and he ordered those who sold the pigeons, “Take them out of here! Stop making my Father's house a market place!” 17His disciples remembered that the scripture says, “My devotion to your house, O God, burns in me like a fire.”

18The Jewish authorities replied with a question, “What miracle can you perform to show us that you have the right to do this?”

19Jesus answered, “Tear down this Temple, and in three days I will build it again.”

20“Are you going to build it again in three days?” they asked him. “It has taken 46 years to build this Temple!”

21But the temple Jesus was speaking about was his body. 22So when he was raised from death, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the scripture and what Jesus had said.

Jesus' Knowledge of Human Nature

23While Jesus was in Jerusalem during the Passover Festival, many believed in him as they saw the miracles he performed. 24But Jesus did not trust himself to them, because he knew them all. 25There was no need for anyone to tell him about them, because he himself knew what was in their hearts.

https://www.biblesociety.org.uk/explore-the-bible/

Singing the Faith 326

   1      Jesus comes with all his grace,
        comes to save a fallen race:
        object of our glorious hope,
        Jesus comes to lift us up.
        Alleluia!

   2      Let the living stones cry out;
        let the seed of Abram shout;
        praise we all our lowly King,
        give him thanks, rejoice, and sing.
        Alleluia!

   3      He has our salvation wrought,
        he our captive souls has bought,
        he has reconciled to God,
        he has washed us in his blood.
        Alleluia!

   4      We are now his lawful right,
        walk as children of the light;
        we shall soon obtain the grace,
        pure in heart, to see his face.
        Alleluia!

   5      We shall gain our calling's prize;
        after God we all shall rise,
        filled with joy, and love, and peace,
        perfected in holiness.
        Alleluia!

Charles Wesley (1707–1788)

Reproduced from Singing the Faith Electronic Words Edition, number 326 .

Psalm 55:16-22

16But I call to the LORD God for help,

and he will save me.

17Morning, noon, and night

my complaints and groans go up to him,

and he will hear my voice.

18He will bring me safely back

from the battles that I fight

against so many enemies.

19God, who has ruled from eternity,

will hear me and defeat them;

for they refuse to change,

and they do not fear him.

20My former companion attacked his friends;

he broke his promises.

21His words were smoother than cream,

but there was hatred in his heart;

his words were as soothing as oil,

but they cut like sharp swords.

22Leave your troubles with the LORD,

and he will defend you;

he never lets honest people be defeated.

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