Jun 292020

The blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he cured them. But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the amazing things that he did, and heard the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they became angry . . . (Matthew 21:14–15)

This episode follows on the heals of Jesus’ cleansing of the Temple in which Jesus turns over the money-changers’ tables and accuses them of turning the “house of prayer” into a “den of robbers” (Matt. 21:13). This is important background to our story for this morning because it adds more fuel to the anger of the chief priests and the scribes. All too often, I’ve heard that their anger had more to do with Jesus’ blasphemous silence about the crowds’ proclamation that he was the “Son of David.” However, the cleansing of the Temple, the miraculous healings, and the crowds’ recognition that Jesus is, in fact, the Savior all serve to threaten the status quo for the chief priests and scribes; it all threatens the power and privilege of those in charge. With all of this in mind, our story today is much more about creating a world in which everyone has access to God’s abundance – where no one is blind, no one is lame, no one lords power over people . . . where everyone experiences peace. And it is Jesus that shows us the way. – rc

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