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The temple was meant to be a place where people of all nationalities could worship God but the priests had let the temple courts be filled up with stalls and money-exchangers. It had become a noisy hubbub of haggling and cheating. Jesus came to bring people from all nations to him. Soon we will be celebrating his arrival on earth as a baby. Let's look beyond the angels and stars to the One who can give us friendship with God. (Image by Good News Productions International and College Press Publishing found at