Jesus: The Zealous House-Cleaner

# 1- Jesus: The Zealous House-Cleaner

Sermon (Lectionary) by Martin Manuel from John 2:13-22

Today is the third Sunday of Lent. In church history, Lent was a time when people prepared to be baptized on Easter Sunday. It was also a time when believers who had drifted away from God were encouraged to examine their lives and be restored to genuine discipleship. For many Christians today, Lent is a time of introspection that includes fasting—giving up something to seek after God.   It’s a time of cleansing and renewal, looking forward to Easter.  Our Church Administration team in Glendora has prepared a Lenten sermon series for pastor’s to draw from this spring.

John Wesley made this statement in one of his sermons: “Cleanliness is next to godliness.” Though not in the Bible his statement has been embraced by many as a principle for godly living.  Spring cleaning hasn’t quite begun in the snowy North, but our Spring has Sprung, so I have a question for you today: Is your house clean?  Even the most scrupulous among us will admit that our homes get dirty quickly and are not easy to clean.  Some may be able to hire a house-cleaner, but the responsibility for a home’s cleanliness still lies with its owner!  Sometimes we become so accustomed to the clutter that we don’t see it as a problem.

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