Welcome to Day Two of this Holy Week devotional journey as we follow Jesus during the week leading up to his death and resurrection. What did Jesus focus on? What was He concerned with? What does God want us to see? And how will we respond?
Before we focus on the scripture, let’s make space to be still and pray. Take some time to pause, slow down, be still, and cast your cares upon God.
The Bible says he cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). Do you have any cares, hopes, pain, or lies you need to let go of? Are there people and circumstances to give to God? Take some time to do just that, by praying, “Jesus I give you…
We will be making our way through the Gospel of Luke’s account of Jesus’ week leading up to His death and resurrection. Take a few seconds to pause and ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you through the scriptures. Today Let’s Read Luke 19:45-48. Let’s also read about this event from Mark’s gospel, Mark 11:15-18
What stood out to you? What captured your attention? Usually, this is what God wants you to think about, consider, and focus on.
Take a few seconds and ask the Holy Spirit to give you insight into the scriptures. What verse, verses, or phrases stood out to you. Why?
These verses are often called the cleansing of the temple. Unfortunately, the religious leaders allowed the temple to be used for purposes outside its original intent. It needed to be cleansed, but the Messiah-King knew that many things beyond the temple needed cleansing as well. One thing in particular – the human heart.
The prophet Jeremiah wrote that the human heart is deceitful and sick, needing healing (Jer 17:9). A psalmist once wrote that those with clean hands, pure hearts, and who didn’t trust lies would stand in holy places and be near God (Ps. 24:3-4) and Jesus himself said, “Blessed are the pure in heart, they will see God” (Matt 5:8).
Peter said that God is building a spiritual house, a new temple called the New Testament church, from people who have received Jesus’ sacrifice (1 Peter 2:5). Paul adds that each follower of Jesus is a temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 6:19).
– Jesus cleansing the physical temple was powerful. He intended to partner with holy, pure, and clean people marked by prayer and who welcomed the nations.
– Jesus cleansing the temple was a step in proving to us that he is seeking and committed to taking the dirtiest, soiled, and most broken people and transforming them into people pure in heart, expectant in prayer, and welcoming those furthest from God with open arms.
Now we want to pray back to God what stood out to each of us in a personal way. What insight, challenge, opportunity, promise, truth, or step to take with Jesus stood out to you? Take some time right now to personalize and pray back to God what he has shown you in today’s scriptures.
Next, we want to come away from our time with Jesus in the scriptures with an “I will statement”. What is God inviting us to do? To practice? To surrender? Take some time to pray and write down your “I will statement”. Then share it with someone you trust and who will encourage you to do what God has said to do.