Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple. He drove out the sheep and oxen, scattered the money changers’ coins over the floor, and turned over their tables. Then, going over to the people who sold doves, he told them, “Get these things out of here. Don’t turn my Father’s house into a marketplace!”
Then his disciples remembered this prophecy from the Scriptures: “Passion for God’s house burns within me.”
“What right do you have to do these things?” the Jewish leaders demanded. “If you have this authority from God, show us a miraculous sign to prove it.”
“All right,” Jesus replied. “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”
The only time in scripture where we see Jesus become physically aggressive is when He “cleanses the Temple”. We see Him challenge the Pharisees and teachers of the Law. But it is the sin of injustice that causes Him to take aggressive action.
It tells us something about injustice: God will not tolerate it! It must be confronted and eradicated. Many have stood up to confront injustice in the world. Mother Theresa confronted the injustice of poverty in Calcutta. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. confronted the injustice of oppression of African-Americans. Bishop Desmond Tutu confronted the injustice of apartheid in South Africa.
What about us? When Jesus went up to Jerusalem that day, He did not find the Jews being faithful. Instead, they were hindering others from being reconciled to God. Are we willing to change our world? Are we willing to fight for injustice?
It whatever capacity, large or small, God calls us to reconcile others to God and change the world for the Kingdom of Heaven.