Audio Reflection with Jon Berry:
15 On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, 16 and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. 17 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 Impact of Jesus
A decade ago I lived in Ellesmere Port. A very strong contingent of the people who lived there were Liverpool or Everton football fans. One day, while putting out the stock from the delivery, at Currys.Digital, my store manager Frank was attempting to give me instructions on how to present the new HDMI cables. Half way through a sentence he simply stopped talking and his eyes just fixed upon a point in the shop. I was crouched down, staring at the display. I turned to look up at him to understand his elongated dramatic pause. I said calmly, “Frank……” no response, so I asked, “Frank are you okay?” After a prolonged silence and an inaudible murmur, I stood up and looked around. Graham at the camera booth, Tim at the till and Alex by the TV’s were all doing the same. At first it was hard to understand and then I saw him; Danny Murphy (then a current Liverpool midfielder) had walked into the shop and was stood staring at the TV’s. My first thought was, ‘He’s really not that tall in real life’. Then I got pushed on the shoulder by Frank. Taking that as a prompt, I walked up to Danny and said, “Hello can I help you?” He said he was looking to buy his son a TV for his bedroom, so I said I would find someone to help him (I was only the store administrator and didn’t feel my LCD and Plasma TV knowledge was up to the standard he required). So, I found TeJay to help him. I went into the back room to continue to sort out the HDMI leads when Frank came running out to the back room completely out of breath. “Open the back door! And get me this TV asap!!!” He handed me a sheet of paper with a rushed scribble on it. I ran up and brought the TV down. I then took it to the back door and waited. Suddenly Frank, Graham and Mark (Warehouse Manager) were all lined up next to me and waiting. I’d worked out whose TV was boxed up next to me. Danny came around the back and I helped him load it into the back of his pristine supercar. He turned to me and shook my hand and said “Thank you” with a genuine smile. Graham then asked and got his autograph. As he left, he was waved off by the lads, who suddenly realised the shop floor was looking rather vacant of staff and all pegged it back in. All evening the team were buzzing. “Did you see Danny Murphy?”, one said. “He shook my hand” said another and then I heard the other say “but you’re an Everton fan!” He replied with “So???”.
What was clear was that someone of significance to many who worked at Currys.Digital had walked in and made an instant impact on those around them. The whole room was buzzing by the encounter. For days they bragged about it, even now when I see him on Match of the Day as a pundit, I am reminded of the encounter and the positive and amazing affect meeting him had to so many on an ordinary drab November evening. People went out of their way to serve him, including Everton Fans!
Have you ever been in a place and wondered what would happen if someone of significance had entered the room? What if that person was Jesus? Would the atmosphere change? Would the one in charge lose their voice? Would people go out of their way to help and assist him, even if they were not Christian?
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if Jesus walked in to the space you are in right now? How would you react or those around you?
Today, on the first of our walks through Holy week, I encourage you to pray that Jesus enters the spaces you inhabit today; through his spirit ask him to help you show the people around you who he is and what makes him so significant to you.
Jesus has a profound ability to change the atmosphere from a closed, compartmentalised coexistence to a creative, communicative, community. If you are not sure or convinced, then let’s pray and find out.
You are amazing! Thank you that you have the ability to change people, places and paradigms in our world. I invite your spirit to enter this space and change it through me and those around me. Guide me in how to show others what it means to know you in what I think, say and do.
In Your name I pray this prayer Lord Jesus