Luke 19:45New International Version (NIV)
Jesus at the Temple
45 When Jesus entered the temple courts, he began to drive out those who were selling.
Jesus has his last week as a fully human man, born of the Virgin Mary on earth. What does he do? He keeps on and stays the course. According to Scripture, after Palm Sunday, Jesus goes to the Temple. He will teach his last teachings to his disciples and to the crowds of people.
What does he do on Monday? He clears the Temple. He is angry for what is going on. The money changers of the Temple are taking advantage of the people by charging them large amounts for sacrifices of their sins. It is His Father’s House. This is not right.
We see in Matthew 21:12; ‘Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple. He over turned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons.’
Jesus showed a righteous anger on the Monday of Passion Week. He was so passionate that these people were making the Temple a den of robbers and not a house of prayer.
What does he do next? He has compassion and love for people. He heals the lame and the blind. Only the Son of the living God could show such compassion for those who were doing wrong.
I read the Scriptures and marvel at the love and compassion he had for people and how his love and compassion still lives on today through the Holy Spirit.
The Triune God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are all one, and yet show love and compassion in different ways.
The last week is a challenge to me. I am humbled by it and broken from it. The beating Jesus took for all mankind shows how he loves us.
Men, let’s be mindful of this week. Be diligent to not get preoccupied in all the distractions life can hand to us. The enemy works more to keep you busy, as to keep you focused. I pray that we live this week with destiny and diligence because of the price Jesus paid for our sins.
Strength and Courage