“And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold, saying to them, ‘It is written, “My house shall be a house of prayer,” but you have made it a den of robbers’” (Luke 19:45-46, ESV).
Jesus purified the temple, even as He had come to fulfill its place. The turning of a house of worship into a house of commerce moved the focus from God to man, from the God-wardness of genuine worship to the self-advancement of human enterprise. Salvation is about the work of God to reach down to us in our self-absorbed lostness and redeem us to God; so purifying the temple was about restoring it to its true function as a meeting-place of God and man.
But Jesus fulfilled this very role. He is the meeting of God and man—God become man. He is the true High Priest, who brings us into a right relationship with God; He is the true sacrifice, who by His death has suffered in our place, for our sins.Salvation centers on Jesus Christ. In Him we find hope against the darkness of sin, hope that overcomes the world, hope beyond death, hope and life everlasting.