I sometimes like to watch TV in the evening. Helps me unwind. One of my favorite TV shows is on HGTV (Home and Garden TV), and it’s called “Fixer Upper.” The show is set in Waco, Texas, and the hosts are Chip and Joanna Gaines, a married couple who take older homes, or what we would affectionately call “fixer uppers” and “fix them up.”
I like the whole show, including the silly stuff that Chip does and the way Joanna puts up with him! But arguably my FAVORITE part of the show is the demolition. Yes, I love the part where they tear into the old walls with sledgehammers and rip things apart. You see dust flying, holes kicked into the sheetrock, kitchen cabinets being ripped off the walls and smashed. I think that looks like so much fun!
It might seem that tearing old stuff down is so destructive and wasteful. But the thing about creating something new of beauty, is that you must tear the old away first. You can’t keep the old, with all the problems and the dysfunction. You must first get rid of that, before you can put up the new.
During this season of Lent, we hear the story of Jesus storming the temple in Jerusalem during the week of Passover. He is livid, because the sellers are turning the holy place of worship into a marketplace. People who had traveled many miles to attend the Passover festivities and needed a suitable animal for sacrifice were being charged exorbitant prices. Those needing local currency were being taken advantage of by the money changers. Jesus hates injustice, because he’s a just God.
The old temple system had been broken, corrupted, and it needed to be torn out before it could be “fixed up.” Jesus did the best job of “fixing up” because not only did he remove the corruption, but he completely relocated the place of the temple: now, it exists in the flesh. Jesus, who is “God in a bod” (John 1:14) says, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” Of course, as we learn in the text, Jesus meant his own resurrection.
As co-workers with God, we also house the new temple of God’s Spirit in our lives (1 Cor. 6:19). So, with God’s help, let’s make sure it’s in good shape. Let’s remove from our habits and thoughts that which is destructive or worn out and replace it with something pleasing to God. “Are you ready to see your fixer-upper?”