Matt. 21:14 ¶ And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them.
After Jesus cleansed the temple He began to heal the blind and the lame. This miracle, connected to the cleansing of the temple, is filled with spiritual application. The first thing Jesus does when He comes into our lives is cleanse our hearts from sin. The results of that is we are healed of our spiritual blindness and lameness. Before Christ enters our temple, we are blind to His beauty, unable to see Him in our lives. We are also lame, unable to function, paralyzed by our own sin. That changes when Jesus enters our temple. This passage also speaks to us about Jesus entering His church. He cleanses our motives as a congregation and fills His church with power to change lives. Here are some thoughts from Adam Clarke on this passage.
“The blind and the lame came. Having condemned the profane use of the temple, he now shows the proper use of it. It is a house of prayer, where God is to manifest his goodness and power in giving sight to the spiritually blind, and feet to the lame. The Church or chapel in which the blind and the lame are not healed has no Christ in it, and is not worthy of attendance.”
So the church should be a hospital rather than a shopping mall. That’s exactly what Jesus displayed when He turned over the tables of merchandise and began to heal the sick. Matthew Henry also spoke powerfully about this passage.
“The temple was profane and abused when it was made a market-place, but it was graced and honored when it was made an hospital; to be doing good in God’s, is more honorable, and better becomes it, than to be getting money there. Christ’s healing was a real answer to that question, Who is this? His works testified of him more than the hosannas; and his healing in the temple was the fulfilling of the promise, that the glory of the latter house should be greater than the glory of the former.”
As we welcome Jesus into our lives and into our churches He is glorified and our lives are completed. This Holy Week open wide the gates of your heart, He will cleanse your temple and make you whole.