Welcome to the ULC Minister's Network

Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

Coffee Time with Jesus

  • Jesus: The Zeal for Your House
    Because zeal for Your house has eaten me up,
    and the reproaches of those who reproach You
    have fallen on me.
    Psalm 69:9
    Then His disciples remembered that it was written,
    "Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up."
    John 2:17
    The disciples remembered Jesus as one with Zeal for God’s House. They observed how Jesus went to the synagogue each Sabbath “as His custom was” (Luke 4:16). They remembered how Jesus went up to Jerusalem and entered the Temple, as was required of a Jewish male. They remembered how Jesus cleansed the Temple at the beginning (John 2:13-22) and at the end of His three-year ministry (Luke 19:45-46​). Jesus wanted God’s house to be reverent and clean: “My house is a house of prayer, but you have made it a ‘den of thieves’” (Luke 19:46​). Jesus “was teaching daily in the Temple” (Luke 19:47​). Why did Jesus have such extraordinary zeal for the Temple? Because the Father was there.
    Jesus, I confess that I don’t treat my church as reverently as You treated God’s house. Forgive my shortcomings. Give me a holy zeal for God’s house, as You demonstrated on Earth.
    When Jesus was on Earth, the Zeal for the Father’s House demanded His loyalty. That’s what the phrase “eaten up” means. Does the church you attend demand your loyalty? Do you attend its meetings, and do you give financially to its causes? Jesus felt an obligation to God’s house; He was eaten up with its demands. Why? Because God was present there on the day of worship.
    Lord, I renew my loyalty to my church. I will fulfill my obligations to You through my church. Amen.
    Go Deeper: 1 Corinthians 10:1-24
    Jesus would have you fulfill your obligations to your church.