Pesky Jesus

Sunday November 11th, Haggai 2: 6 "This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. 7 I will shake all nations, and the desired of all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,' says the LORD Almighty. This is the second rebuilding of the temple after the release of Babylonian captives. The goal is to build a house where God would dwell and where the people of God could bring sacrifice. In Jerusalem the people gather at the western wall of Herod’s temple, a former grand and glorious structure, as it is the site closest to where the Holy of Holies used to be to which they had access. Now there is a tunnel under part of the city and there is a new area where some who are about to be wed go to pray, it is the closest part of the Herod’s temple wall to where the Holy of Holies used to be. There is another site outside the city walls that come claim might be the place where Jesus was laid after the crucifixion. There is a sign on the inside of the door, it says, “he is not here, he has risen.” Jesus changed the scene. God never was confined to a place. God is where love is shown and justice practiced. It might be easier to confine God to a place, then we could just go visit when we wanted to. The trouble is that pesky Jesus keeps following us back into our lives.


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