Bonds of Love

John 2:13-25

John 2:15-17 “So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and over-turned their tables. To those who sold doves he said, “Get those out of here! How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market!” His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.” (Psalm 69)

Some say Jesus came to turn the world upside down, but it may be that Jesus came to turn the world right side up.

So, Jesus is angry, right? People were selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and others sitting at tables were exchanging money. Why would this make you angry? The people needed these things to offer sacrifices, it was required by law. The sellers and the money changers were just doing GOD’s work.

There is a Latin saying we have all heard “exitus acta probat” translated “the outcome justifies the deed” or, as I have heard it “the end justifies the means.”

The truth is, the end does not justify the means, because the “means” are in the end.

  1. When you take advantage of someone else to get ahead, you will never get ahead because taking advantage of someone else will be in your heart and in your mind and in your soul when you think you are ahead.
  2. When you charge money to people at an excessive rate, you will never be satisfied because greed never has an ending.
  3. If you bully someone, either a child, woman, or man, you will never rest because you will always fear there is another bully (you fear yourself).

The end DOES NOT justify the means!

There is a new thought in psychology I heard on the radio. They said our culture has always believed that we love others and out of that love we care for them, but new research, based on the behavior of children says it is when you care for others that significant bonds of love are created.

Jesus spent his whole life loving people, right? Even those who nailed him to a cross! But Jesus also spent his whole life caring for others even while he was hanging on the cross (John 19:26). Was Jesus trying to teach us to love others and then care for them or was he trying to show us how caring for others will create significant bonds of love?

And finally, Descartes said “Cogito, ergo sum”, I think, therefore I am. Archbishop Desmond Tutu says the truth is in an old South African principle “Ubuntu” which translates “I am human because I belong.” Desmond Tutu goes on to say “No one comes into the world fully formed. We would not know how to think or walk or speak or behave unless we learned it from our fellow human beings. We need other human beings in order to be human. The solitary, isolated human being is a contradiction in terms.”

Jesus had a tough day at the temple: The people who were taking care of GOD’s temple were justifying their behavior of taking advantage of GOD’s people by supposedly taking care of GOD’s temple, the people who were supposed to be caring and creating bonds of love for GOD’s children were taking advantage of GOD and the people who were supposed to be teaching us how to think, walk, speak and behave as children of GOD were thinking only of themselves.

May we, you and I, pray this day to understand the means that drive our life, may we find more opportunities to care for those around us and create stronger bonds of love, and may we realize and be thankful for all of those that have gone on before us and are with and around us on our journey. And may we know deep in our hearts that GOD loves each and every one of us.

Know you are loved! Love, Peace, Presence, 

Jim Dietvorst

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