Mark 11: 15 On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, 16 and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. 17 And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.
In yesterday's message we talked about how Christ wept on Palm Sunday because He knew the people were going to reject Him. We discussed how people were praising Jesus for something He wasn't going to bring. While they were there on Sunday praising Jesus said, "Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be." Yet come Friday they were all doing their own thing.
Though there is debate on whether the temple cleansing happened the same day or the next day we can see clearly that Christ wasn't stoked about the misunderstanding and misrepresentation of what He was about to do. The very people who were going to receive this blessing needed readjustment. They were doing tons of things that simply weren't what He wanted them to do. They were misrepresenting HIM!!! Let us realize that this Holy Week is not to reinforce the religious activity we have, or add to it, but it's a vital reset button to help us refocus. We take this week to remember Christ's death but we must look at our current setup in the Church and wonder - would Christ react the same coming into our churches as He did entering Jerusalem and the temple? What good does it do us to remember His death if we are actively doing the things that displeased Him?!
Are our temples/churches filled with things that would not please the Lord? Are they places of prayer? Are they truly leading people to Christ?!
The story of Holy Week is not just a story of our Messiah journeying to the cross. Every day as Christ took one more step towards the cross He intentionally taught about what we should be doing, and what things should look like. Let's not waste this week on ONLY remembering that He died, but instead actually listening and obeying His Words on that path.
Spend 1-2 minutes thanking Christ for this week, then 2-3 minutes asking Him to help you learn from all the events He died while marching right towards His death.
Spend this week looking at yourself... are you actually listening to the things Jesus asked us to do? Is He your priority? Are you more like Him or the Pharisees?