He knew humanity
Devotions from Jefferson Vann # 2380
Joh 2:13 The Jewish Passover was near, and so Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
Joh 2:14 In the temple he found people selling oxen, and sheep, and doves, and there were the money changers sitting there.
Joh 2:15 After making a whip out of ropes, he drove them all out of the temple with their sheep and oxen. He also poured out the money changers’ coins and overturned the tables.
Joh 2:16 He told those who were selling doves, “Get these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!”
Joh 2:17 And his disciples remembered that it is written: Zeal for your house will consume me.
Joh 2:18 So the Jews replied to him, “What sign are you showing us because you are doing these things?”
Joh 2:19 Jesus answered, and this is what he said to them “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”
Joh 2:20 Therefore the Jews said, “This temple took forty-six years to build, and will you raise it up in three days?”
Joh 2:21 But he was saying this about the temple of his body.
Joh 2:22 So when he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the statement Jesus had made.
Joh 2:23 While he was in Jerusalem during the Passover at the feast, many believed in his name when they saw the signs he was doing.
Joh 2:24 Yet Jesus would not entrust himself to them, since he knew them all
Joh 2:25 and because he did not need anyone to testify about humanity; for he himself knew what was in humanity.
He knew humanity
John’s story of Jesus has him leaving a wedding (which he didn’t crash) to a market hall in the temple (which he did crash). I see two emphases in this passage. First, there is the reference to Jesus’ disciples remembering what the Scripture says. Jesus’ zeal to defend and protect the temple from the marketers’ greed reminded them of Psalm 69:9. His resurrection would remind them of his promise to rebuild a destroyed temple in three days.
Secondly, John emphasizes what Jesus sees in the heart of humanity. In the commonplace marketers he sees a greed and abuse of religion that defiles God’s house. In those who asked him for a sign miracle to prove his authority to wreck the market hall, Jesus sees the hypocrisy of a people defending a tradition instead of supporting what God is really doing.
He knows us. We cannot hide behind tradition.
LORD, come into our lives and crash our marketplace. You know we need you because you know who we really are.