The Ten Commandments (Ex 20.1-17) show us God’s will and reveal our sin, so that we have no excuse. In the cleansing of the Temple (Jn 2.13-22) Jesus Christ exposes injustice, reveals idolatry, and proclaims His authority at the promised Messiah or “Savior.” That authority is established forever by His death and resurrection. This is why, in his letter to the troubled congregation at Corinth, St. Paul begins with first things: “We preach Christ crucified…” (1 Cor 1.18-31) As the body of Christ and each individual Christian is a “temple” of the Lord, it is time for us to repent–to cleanse our temple–and “believe the Scripture and the word that Jesus has spoken.” (Jn 2.22)