Second Clearing of the Temple

Palm Sunday marked the triumphal entry of Jesus in Jerusalem just days before his crucifixion. Just after his entry he clears the temple courts by overturning the tables of the money changes and chasing out those who were buying and selling.

Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’

The more I read about Jesus, the more my admiration grows and my faith becomes stronger. Not like a robot reading words and taking notes, but really reading and seeing Jesus as a man walking among the people, talking to them, teaching, laughing, singing, praying, eating, etc.

In these few verses Jesus shakes up the establishment where is hurts the most — in the pockets. Their receipts for this Passover week were no doubt affected. This revealed the core problem, they were focused on receipts and have lost sight of God. Do we do the same?

The week before Christmas gives us a chance to celebrate with those that know Jesus and get excited for what he brings to earth along side of those who don’t know Jesus at all. Lord I pray that we learn about you more each day, that we see clearly what it is you have offered as the greatest gift to mankind and most importantly how to share this gift with the world!

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