Good Morning, DearHeart.
5,000 ladies and I are waking this morn on the heels of a Falls Creek high. Just like the days of our youth for those of us that had the opportunity to experience the week long camps as teens. And, the timing … so appropriate as yesterday was Palm Sunday. The day of Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the city He loved and caused Him to weep. The people hailed Him as King, praising God for all the wonderful miracles they had now seen. We saw miracles this weekend. We heard about them. We felt them. We became them. Followed by Palm Sunday.
And, so marked the beginning of Holy Week. Or Jesus’ final week of life on this earth.
I woke this morn with one thought on my mind …
What did Jesus do on Monday?
Seriously, what does one do after a reception and celebration such as He had been given?
My search into scripture … and, this is interesting to me … the next story in both Matthew (chapter 21) and Luke (chapter 19) is of Jesus entering the Temple. Perhaps it was Monday or Tuesday, we don’t know for certain. With as good with details as Dr. Luke was, he does not pinpoint the day for my quizzing mind.
What we do know for certain is Jesus was not happy with the activities being held in the Temple. He turned over the tables of the money changers and those selling doves. To them He said …
The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be a house of prayer’, but you have turned it into a den of thieves.” (Luke 19:46, NLT)
After His triumphal entry, Jesus went right back to His Father’s business.
Monday was a normal day.
No taking a day off.
He cleansed and restored the Temple to its original purpose – to be a place of worship.
“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20. NLT)
We may not know for certain which day of the week Jesus restored the Temple to a place of worship. What I do know is that He still restores temples today.
He still restores US today.
Let that sink in a minute.
May we let Him clean our temples, turning every corner of it over so nothing remains hidden and uncleansed.
“But the time is coming – indeed it’s here now – when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:23-24, NLT)
In Spirit and in truth.
Business as usual.