Walking with Jesus during his last week on earth

Holy Monday – Jesus at the Temple
Written by William Mwaura, Chadwell Heath Baptist Church

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, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts.  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.” (Mark 11:15-18) – NIV

Jesus Christ and his disciples had gone to Jerusalem to celebrate the feast of Passover. The sacred city of God was overflowing with thousands of pilgrims from all parts of the world.

Upon Entering the Temple, Jesus saw the money changers, along with merchants who were selling animals for sacrifice. Jesus was so filled with anger at the desecration of the holy place that he took some cords and wove them into a small whip and drove out the money changers from the Temple. Jesus hated the noise and commotion in the court, which would have made it impossible for devout Gentiles to pray there. Jesus Christ was ushering in a new covenant with humankind, the animal sacrifice would end and be replaced by His death on the cross; the perfect and final sacrifice, for the forgiveness of our sins.

Prayer

Jesus, as you cleansed the Temple of unclean activities that interfered with people’s worship to God, may your blood that was shed for me on the cross cleanse me of all my sins. Cleanse my heart of attitudes and actions that come between my worship to you. May my body be a Holy Temple, the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit that I may offer true worship to God the Father.

Amen