If you had one week to live, what would you do?
Change your will? Put some people in. Take some people out?
Make sure everyone close to you knows that you love them?
Make things right with people who aren’t so close to you?
This is the last week of Jesus’ life. Some Christians call it “Holy Week.”
We’re going to look at what Jesus did this week. It was obviously a big week for him.
It was so big that Matthew, Mark and Luke devote ⅓ or more of their content to writing about this week. John features this week in 50% of his account.
Let’s make it a big week for ourselves. Each day, I’ll give a passage from Scripture describing the events of that day, and I’ll throw in a few thoughts.
*Take time to reflect on the passage and the event.
*Put ourselves in the event. See Jesus. Hear Jesus.
*What’s he saying to us through his words and actions?
Let’s start walking:
Monday: What Happens When Jesus Goes to Church
Reading: Mark 11:15-33
Jesus wasn’t happy with what He saw in the Temple. In fact, he was ticked.
The Temple was supposed to be a place for “all nations” to meet God, but it had devolved into an exclusive institution with rules that restricted access to only certain people.
Jesus said it like this, “My house shall be a house of prayer for all nations!!” Jesus made this statement while standing near a short wall that displayed a threatening sign to those who were not Jews. Non-Jews who tried to pass the wall would be killed! and Temple Police were armed and ready to enforce this rule.
Jesus’ statement was a quote from Isaiah 56:6. Isaiah was all about inclusiveness. In Isaiah 2:3-4, he describes a day, in which “ All nations will stream to the Temple to learn about the compassionate justice of God and how to eliminate war among the nations.”
Isaiah’s prophecy is fulfilled in Jesus. “It’s happening now!” Jesus seems to say.
When Jesus said “all nations” this meant other groups, other people not ordinarily welcomed in religious places. Jesus did not miss an opportunity to include those who were usually excluded.
This means at least two things:
1. If we feel excluded, Jesus includes us.
2. If we are making people feel excluded, it seems that Jesus’ anger is directed toward us. Yikes!
We are welcomed by Jesus.
We should extend that welcome to others, no matter their “nation.”