Imagine my surprise when, for the second time in recent weeks, I heard that I was moving to another city. Once, a rumor spread that I was leaving the church for a denomination. Probably, people have thought wrong things about you as well. People form wrong impressions of others, quite different from the reality of the person.
With the Jews’ messianic expectations, Jesus was especially subject to false images in his day. And today we also create our own idea of who he was.
So he made a whip of cords and drove them all out of the temple courts, with the sheep and the oxen. He scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.
John 2:15 NET
Upon reading that Jesus expelled the money changers from the temple, people don’t want to believe that Jesus would have committed an act of violence against human beings. Could he have really hit someone? they ask. It’s obvious he didn’t use the whip to jump rope. Of course Jesus used the whip to send the money changers running from the temple!
The problem of not seeing this in the verse is the image we have of Jesus. He would never do such a thing! Jesus was meek and mild, never raised his voice, never stopped smiling and blessing the children.
It’s time to read the Bible and let Jesus himself define who he is and what he does.
Because the Jesus of the Bible is quite different than our false images.