"Who Are You To Say?"
April 15, 2003Email to a FriendPrint
Psalm 143:2 "Do not bring Your servant into judgment, for no one living is righteous before You."
The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ was just like us, except that He never sinned. Like us, Jesus got angry. But His anger was different from ours. The Gospel of Mark gives this account: "And as He taught them, He said, 'Is it not written: "My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations?" But you have made it "a den of robbers."' The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill Him, for they feared Him, because the whole crowd was amazed at His teaching" (Mark 11:17-18).
They must have demanded, "Who are you to tell us what to do?" Jesus answered plainly by calling the temple His Father's house. Sometimes, this anger of Jesus is called a "righteous anger." Today's psalm says that no one living is righteous before God. This is true-no one is righteous in and of themselves. The only one who is righteous before God is the one who has been forgiven by the righteous one who lived, died, and lives again. The Good News is that Jesus came to declare you "righteous!"