But the Jewish leaders demanded, “What are you doing? If God gave you authority to do this, show us a miraculous sign to prove it.” “All right,” Jesus replied. “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” (John 2:18-19)
Daily Bible Reading: Exodus 39:32 – 40:38, Numbers 9:15-23
Relate: I don’t even watch the show. I think I saw one episode in it’s entirety. That episode was about a trapper keeper that turned into a monster and terrorized the world. It was pretty stupid. The bits and pieces I’ve seen here and there when I’ve been around other people watching it has done nothing to change my opinion on Southpark’s worthlessness. With that said, however, when I was thinking about the topic for today it was Cartman’s voice saying “Respect my authoritah!” that was ringing through my head. I don’t even like Southpark. Some lines of even the most pointless shows for better or worse manage to transcend their original use and find their way into modern lore. I think we have the internet and our passion for stupid memes to blame for that.
The Pharisees were pretty much asking why they should “respect Jesus’ authoritah”. What gave Him the right to show up and police the goings on at the Temple? What business does Jesus have just showing up and kicking out a bunch of (not so) honest businessmen? How dare He? Jesus answered, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”
React: It all comes back to the empty tomb. Over death, He has authority. Over sin and the grave, He has authority. Over the religious practices both then and now, He has authority. Over financial transactions, He has authority. Over the physical Temple that was a place and the spiritual temple that is our body, He has authority. Over the Pharisees, He has authority. Over His disciples, He has authority. Over Pilate, over Herod, and over Rome, He has authority. Over our governments and politicians today, He has authority. Over me, He has authority. Over you… will you respect His authority?
God, help me to respect Your authority. You are my King. You are my Lord. You are my God. I surrender. But all too often I get back on my feet and try to fight my battles on my own. I try to do things my own way. I try to go my own way. Please, please, when the urge for me to do this comes, knock me back on my knees. That is where I belong. You are my authority.