John 2:12-22 | The Money-Changers
12 After this he went down to Capernaum, with his mother and his brothers and his disciples, and they stayed there for a few days. 13 The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. 15 And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. 16 And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade.” 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” 18 So the Jews said to him, “What sign do you show us for doing these things?” 19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20 The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?” 21 But he was speaking about the temple of his body. 22 When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.
The purpose of John’s Gospel is that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name ( John 20:31).
Is this the same event found in Matthew, Mark and Luke?
- This is at the beginning of rather than the end of his ministry as found in the other gospel’s accounts.
- He refers to the temple becoming a “house of trade” rather than a “den of robbers”(Matthew 21:13).
The temple had been turned into a market place.
16 And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade.”