Mark 11:15-18 (NIV)
15 When they arrived back in Jerusalem, Jesus entered the Temple and began to
drive out the merchants and their customers. He knocked over the tables of the
money changers and the stalls of those selling doves, 16 and he stopped
everyone from bringing in merchandise. 17 He taught them, "The Scriptures
declare, `My Temple will be called a place of prayer for all nations,' but you
have turned it into a den of thieves." 18 When the leading priests and teachers
of religious law heard what Jesus had done, they began planning how to kill
him. But they were afraid of him because the people were so enthusiastic about
Jesus' teaching.

Jesus had been to the temple the previous day and had carefully observed
everything taking place in the temple. When He arrived the next day Jesus began
to remove the merchants and customers from the temple. The temple had become a
place of routines and customs instead of a place of genuine prayer and
repentance. Jesus expressed a righteous anger over the things taking place in
the temple. The people listened closely to Jesus, but the religious leaders
planned to kill Jesus for his actions, perhaps because He had cost them their

I'm sure you have seen the TV shows where the parents go away for the weekend
leaving the teenager at home and the next thing that happens is a party is
being planned at their house. Before the teen knows it the party is out of
control, kids are all over the house, music is blaring, drinks and food are
being spilled, cars are parked everywhere, and the police are on their way.
Jesus probably felt like the parent returning home just to wonder what was
going on. I'm sure God looks at our churches today and wonders what we are
doing. Churches are meant to reach out to others and yet on Christmas day when
there are so many that could use a reaching hand churches are going to close
because Christmas will fall on Sunday. Our Lord's birthday falls on His day of
worship and there are those who will lock their doors to the world because of
inconvenience . Pray that there might be those who will open their doors to the
needy, the helpless, the homeless and poor on Christmas day. Pray that God's
word may be preached on the day of His birth to everyone who wants to hear. May
the word of His salvation be available to all.