It’s Monday, the start of the Holy Week. As we get geared up for Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday, let’s not forget that much happened throughout the week that we can learn from. Yesterday, we remembered Jesus riding into Jerusalem to the waving of palm branches as the people shouted “Hosanna!” (Save us). The vacillating, enthusiastic tone of the crowd (as the atmosphere would be much different less than a week later) was even more prominent as Jesus’ first order of business was to clear the Temple.
Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’”
Jesus was noticeably upset (see: righteous anger) with what had become of the Temple and the things that had made their way in to take the place of proper worship unto God. He came to make things right in the world, but also to clear out the things that reeked of empty religion, greed, or stuff meant to keep people in bondage. Of course, we know now that God no longer lives in a temple made with human hands, but rather in us… we are the Temple! As we approach the culmination of the entire Jesus story (as well as our own) that we celebrate this coming weekend, let’s take a moment to let God search our own hearts.
Are there tables that need to be turned, hindrances released, or things that we have allowed into the sacred that we need Jesus to drive out?
He is ready, just ask Him!