Jesus referred to the Temple in Jerusalem as “My House”. We naturally think of a house as a place we call home, our nesting and shelter. In this passage, Jesus was at the place that was closest to what He could call “Home” on Earth. Even at an early age (12), he had tarried at the temple without the supervision of his parents Joseph and Mary, who believed him lost in the township.[Lk2:41-52]
Jesus was drawn to the temples where the Holy Scriptures could be discussed and taught. Jesus was on assignment, house duty you could say. He was about [doing] His Father’s business. God chores. (Hey, Jesus was a kid at one time too, right?) God knows how to be an earthly father because he has been there for his son, Jesus. Yes, Joseph and Mary were his earthly parents but remember Jesus was divinely given by God. [Lk. 3:22]
So, as Jesus grew and became more in the image of His Father, so did his characteristics. His heart yearned to adore and worship his heavenly father. He would commune in the temple, were we read in the scriptures He would pray, teach and have discussions with the temple priests and scholars. Jesus called the temple his “house of prayer for all nations.” At the time, He had the whole scope of the world in mind, when he made this amazing statement. He was speaking prophetically but the chief priest and teachers in the temple were blinded by the Law. Grace and Love stood in front of them and they could not hear because of a hardened heart and pious mind. What a heartache for Jesus that must have been?
Remember, Jesus was growing in His Father’s image? Think about that. Often times we read in the word Jesus rebuffed those for not knowing the Father, for if they really would have know the Father… they would have recognized His Son, Jesus. They knew the Law, words of the Torah but did not have a relationship with their Sovereign God of Heaven and Earth. They did not have an intimate relationship, for if they genuinely loved God above the Law, things would have been different for Jesus… when He was about doing his Father’s business. Remember that when you are out there in the world, beloved.
Today, we are joint heirs with Jesus and our Jesus Chore is to be about doing His command…
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”