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Jesus, the Messiah | Week of April 15th

Matthew 21:14-15, Then the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them. But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant.

From the sermon series: Welcoming the Lord

These verses in Matthew 21 come after Jesus enters into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, and then goes to the temple and cleanses it.

After Jesus drives out those who were wrongly using the temple to make money, He takes time to heal the blind and lame. These actions restored the temple to a holy purpose. He exposed once again the sin of using God’s temple for the wrong purpose, and also healed those who were sick. When we come to church, doesn’t the same thing happen? Our sin is exposed and we repent, we learn how to re-align our lives to God, and we are healed through forgiveness.

Journal Prompt: Do you have this experience when you come to church – the healing that comes from being freed from your sin and turning to God? Is this experience confined to when you are only in church? How can you experience this on a day-to-day basis?

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