Third Sunday in Lent: His Zeal for My Spirit

Third Sunday in Lent: His Zeal for My Spirit
Art by Oscar, 9, Wesley Community Center, Houston, Texas. From the 2021 Prayer Calendar.

John 2:13-22

"The passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. He told those who were selling the doves, 'Take these things out of here! Stop making my father’s house a marketplace!' His disciples remembered that it was written, 'Zeal for your house will consume me.' The Jews then said to him, 'What sign can you show us for doing this?' Jesus answered them, 'Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.'" –John 2:13-19

Here is the point in the scriptures that arrests my attention, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” Humility set in as I recalled the time that Jesus expressed zeal for my house (my spirit). His zeal for my spirit saved me from a kingdom of darkness and transferred me into a kingdom of light.

In November of 2019, I had a near-death experience. During this experience, doctors were baffled and unable to provide a diagnosis or a prognosis. During this time, I depended on Jesus for his amazing grace. I prayed, reminding Jesus of his promises. I reminded him that he had taken stripes for my healing over two thousand years ago. I reminded him; he was not a man who would lie.

My faith was rewarded with supernatural miracles of healing, both spiritually and physically. In addition, I received a zeal for the Word of God and a zeal to work in the Kingdom of God.

During this Lenten season, I am reminded that the zeal of Christ is in his resurrection. He rose and set captives free. He is with the Father, but he sent his Holy Spirit. His Holy Spirit protects, guides and comforts us. His zeal for us is one of our great miracles.

Prayer: Father God, Son of God, and Holy Spirit, thank you for your love and amazing grace. Amen.

LaVerne Paige is Spiritual Growth Coordinator for Arkansas Conference.

Posted or updated: 3/4/2021 12:00:00 AM