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Summary: What really got Jesus’ dandur up. Was it selling for a profit, or a superficial following?


I. Down south there is a familiar saying that goes something like, “That just get’s my dander up.”

A. Now I’m now real sure what “dander” is or where the term came from, but

B. The idea is; to get ones “dander” up, is to get excited about something, typically an angry type of excitement.

II. So let me ask you, “What get’s your dander up?”

A. Somebody cutting you off on the highway!

1. Sometimes that can really get my dander up.

2. Of course driving around here, your dander would always be up.

B. Maybe it’s somebody scratching your brand new car!

1. I find it a bit humorous to go to the mall, and see some brand new Hummer or Mercedes parked at the far end of the lot, sometimes taking up 2 or 3 spaces.

2. And what really get’s my dander up at a mall parking lot is when some brand new Hummer or Mercedes is parked, taking up 2 or three spaces, at the close parking spots.

3. It’s a car; it’s going to get scratched; get past it.

C. I can really get excited at home, when I just finished loading the dishwasher, cleaning the counter tops, and then one of the kids immediately comes in to cook something, and invariably they will leave grease on the counter top, and dirty dishes wherever they finished.

D. As an example of home life, one of the speakers at the conference last week said, “There are two things of mine you don’t mess with, not even my wife messes with them, “One is my sleep, and the second is my Harley.”

III. So let me ask you, “what kinds of things get your dander up.”

IV. Now don’t get mad at me, but would you agree with me if I said, “Most of the things that get us excited, really are not all that important in light of eternity.”?

A. I mean, is it really that important what happens to my car; I don’t think I’ll need a car in heaven.

B. I know my children need to learn self control, and respect and all that, but really now, if I weren’t doing dishes, I’d probably be watching television or something else equally worthless.

V. This morning, we are looking at John chapter 2, beginning in verse 12.

A. What we see is something that gets Jesus Christ very excited.

B. In fact, this is perhaps the one place in scripture that I can think of that Jesus Christ, God in the flesh demonstrates a characteristic that seems very uncharacteristic.

1. Typically we think of Jesus as

a. Loving,

b. Calm,

c. Patient,

d. In my minds eye I see Jesus not so much as a shepherd as I do a sheep.

2. But on this day, in this place, at this time, the sheep demonstrates some claws.

VI. Let’s read John 2, verses 12 to 25. Confronting Sin (vs. 12-17)

12 After this He went down to Capernaum, He and His mother, and His brothers, and His disciples; and there they stayed a few days. 13 And the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 And He found in the temple those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the moneychangers seated. 15 And He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen; and He poured out the coins of the moneychangers, and overturned their tables; 16 and to those who were selling the doves He said, “Take these things away; stop making My Father’s house a house of merchandise.” 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for Thy house will consume me.”

I. “After this”

A. We don’t know how long after the wedding, “This” refers to, but it is interesting that of all the Gospel writers, John is the only one to talk about the temple cleansing.

B. Again, considering that John’s stated purpose is “that you might believe”, it is interesting that following turning “water into wine” at a joyous wedding, cleaning up the temple at what should have been an even more joyous celebration immediately follows.

II. Verse 12 states that Jesus, his mother; his brothers, and his disciples were traveling to Jerusalem, presumably for the Passover celebration, since the Passover “was at hand.”

III. It wasn’t unusual for Jew’s to go to Jerusalem for the celebration; in fact

A. It was required by Jewish law that every adult male, within a 15 mile radius make the journey.

B. It was also not unusual for many others to make an extended pilgrimage to Jerusalem to celebrate the release of Israel from Egyptian bondage.

IV. During Passover, Jerusalem would have been an exciting place to be.

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