The Authority of Jesus

In the second chapter of John's gospel we find a story in connection with the first visit of Jesus to Jerusalem after he had started his ministry, a story which is of considerable interest in the light of Christian Science. It was the time of the Jewish Passover, and Jesus went into the temple, where he found "those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting." There, in the very midst of the temple, it was possible to purchase the animals and birds for the sacrifices which were in accordance with the demands of the Mosaic law. No doubt this seemed a very convenient and profitable arrangement for all concerned.

The story continues: "And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables." The consternation and astonishment that must have ensued can well be imagined. No wonder the Jews came hurrying up. A practically unknown stranger usurping their authority in the temple, interfering with their arrangements, and driving forth men and animals without apparently their having any power to resist him!

"Know" and "Let"
May 23, 1925

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