When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem.  In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money.  So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.  To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!”  His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”
John 2:13-17 NIV
Courage is defined as “the ability to control fear and to be willing to deal with something that is dangerous, difficult, or unpleasant.”* The courage of Jesus is on display when he enters the temple alone in John 2:13-17, makes a whip out of cords, and then proceeds to drive out those who had driven God from his own house. Jesus has the courage to resist the temptation to conform, defy the crowds, and reclaim God’s house.
Read all of John chapter 2-3
Read Mark 10:32 and explain how the courage of Jesus effected disciples and followers
Use Mark 12:13-14 to identify three qualities which made Jesus courageous
Read Acts 4:11-20 NIV and notice the quality associated with those who been with Jesus
Few would dispute the fact that Jesus was courageous. What we might dispute is whether it is essential for a disciple of Jesus to be courageous. When you read Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John do you see courage as an important part of following Jesus? What about in the book of Acts, which is the history of the first Christians?
How different might you or your church be if courage was taught, encouraged, and expected from everyone in every area of their lives? Could the reason we all struggle with doubt and unbelief be a courage problem? Should we redefine our view of Jesus as courageous to include the expectation that anyone who follows him should be courageous?
*Definitions in “The 12 Days of Jesus” studies are based on the Cambridge Dictionary
- Feature: The 12 Days of Jesus
- Day 1: Conqueror of Darkness
- Day 2: Courage in the Temple
- Day 3: Compassion for the Disabled
- Day 4: Confidence Turns the Tide
- Day 5: Captivating the Crowds
- Day 6: Cagey and Colorful in Conflict
- Day 7: Controversial to the Conventional
- Day 8: Convincing the Confused
- Day 9: Comforting the Cautious
- Day 10: Clarity for the Complicated
- Day 11: Calm for the Chronically Contentious
- Day 12: Concerned about the Cynical
Written by Russ Ewell
who serves as Director of BACC Next,
where he is tasked with thinking about the future.