Monday of Holy Week

QUESTION: Why did Jesus choose to cleanse the Temple on Monday of Holy Week?


The New Testament presents the Temple as a sacred place. The Temple mentioned in the Gospels was begun by Herod in 20 BC. Its magnificent buildings seemed impressive, even to Jesusí disciples (Matthew 24:1).

Jesusí attitude regarding the Temple reflected two opposing features.

First, God had sanctified the Temple by dwelling in it, therefore everything in it must be kept holy. The site of the Temple was where God met His people. On Monday of Holy Week, zeal for His Fatherís house compelled Jesus to cleanse it (John 2:17).

In contrast, Jesus announced that His rejection and death would result in the Templeís destruction (Mark 14:58, 15:29). That Monday, the Temple was exposed as a cover for Israelís spiritual barrenness (Mark 11:12Ė26).

In the days that followed, Jerusalemís Temple, once a place of Godís presence, would be superseded by Jesusí resurrection establishing Godís dwelling with those who accepted Jesus as Messiah (Matthew 18:20; 28:20).

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WHAT DO YOU THINK? - We have all sinned and deserve God's judgment. God, the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him. Jesus, the creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He died for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was buried, and rose from the dead according to the Bible. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus alone as your Savior, declaring, "Jesus is Lord," you will be saved from judgment and spend eternity with God in heaven.

What is your response?

Yes, today I am deciding to follow Jesus

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