The day after Jesus arrived in Jerusalem, the bible shares a couple notable events. It is important to recognise at this point, that there are different traditions around the exact order of events on Monday and Tuesday in particular. This is partly due to the bible not being written fully chronologically and in part due to the way of marking time by Jewish law. For the purpose of this series of blog posts, I am using the most common of traditional timelines.
The first event attributed to Holy Monday is the cursing of the fruitless fig tree, which for many is a warning of what will happen if we are not fruitful in His service. I’d rather take the positive and see the promises of what we can achieve if we follow Him!
Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered. And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away. And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away! Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.Matthew 21:18-19
Cleansing the Temple
Probably the most famous event of the day is Jesus clearing the temple of those who sought merely to profit from being there. Three years earlier he had done a similar thing at the start of his ministry. How little some peoples lives had changed by his teachings.
¶ And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves. And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them. And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased,Matthew 21:12-15
I would hope that I am not found to be the same person in three years time as I am now. I love that an alternate word for repentance is change. That’s all we are expected to do, change to be better people. The Greek word metanoeo is used to refer to repentance. Metanoeo means a change of mind, thought, or thinking so powerful that it changes one’s very way of life.
During Jesus’s time in Jerusalem, He visits the temple. There, inside His Father’s house, Jesus sees various merchants doing business. To see a place of worship converted into a center of commerce is something that Jesus cannot abide. Speaking with unmistakable authority, He commands them to leave. The cleansing of the temple at Jerusalem was an act of astonishing bravery. We can take courage knowing that Jesus Christ did what He knew to be right, whether it was popular or not.Easter Day-By-Day #BeacuseOfHim
Todays video is Matt Redman “Abide with me” I find the lyrics touching and reflect my many of my personal feelings.
Although not from the same denomination, I feel a deep respect for the feelings exhibited in the video. I have learnt there are several reasons Christians raise there arms. Symbolically arms lifted high is a universal sign for surrendering, in this context it is surrendering to Gods will. Perhaps more touching, is the imagery of a child lifting their arms to be embraced by a parent, after all we are all Gods children.
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