Yesterday the people hailed Jesus as He entered Jerusalem. People laid down their coats, waved palm branches, and shouted exultations. To the general observer it was quite a parade! But Jesus did not toss candy to the crowd as He rode along. Tears stained His face and sadness consumed Him. He knew many present would not accept Him as the Messiah and some would even be in the crowd that shouted, “Crucify him!”
Jesus’ first action after the triumphal entry was to go to the temple. But He goes not to worship or to teach but to purge the temple. He drives out the people who have turned the “house of prayer” into a “den of robbers.”
As we begin our Holy Week journey may we look to our hearts, the temple of our bodies. May we seek out that which is impure and drive it from our hearts. This week may we become a “house of prayer.”
Today, as we wrestle with this, may we also celebrate God’s vast love. In many psalms we find great words to use as prayers. In Psalm 36 we are reminded that His love “reaches to the heavens” and that His faithfulness “stretches to the skies.” And we hear in verse seven, “How priceless is your unfailing love.”
He cleared the temple to make it pure. As we wrestle with what we find in the corners of our hearts, may we be strengthened by this great and vast love and faithfulness. As we purge what keeps us at a distance from Jesus, let our spirits remember how much He loves us. Let us be filled with that vast love and faithfulness this week.
Scripture reference: Psalm 36: 5-11