It’s that time of year again were every professing and non-professing individual comes to church in order to fulfill their yearly obligation of church attendance. A time to celebrate the last week of Jesus’ life on earth but first we need to take a look at a few prominent key points in this text.
Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,
5 “Say to the daughter of Zion,
‘Behold, your king is coming to you,
humble, and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt,[a] the foal of a beast of burden.’”
6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. 8 Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” 10 And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” 11 And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.”
Jesus Cleanses the Temple
12 And Jesus entered the temple[b] and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. 13 He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.”
First, we see Jesus enter into Jerusalem, not like a conquering King but as a humble servant. Everyone waving palms and laying their cloths on the ground giving Him the red carpet treatment. But surely crimson will flow from the brow of the son of man. He will find himself betrayed by one of his own disciples, arrested by the high priest’s guard, accused by a coalition of religious leaders, tried by the Roman governor, and sentenced to death like a common criminal on the cross.
His suffering was just a few days away!
To know the exact hour of your death sentence while in mid celebration is a hard pill to swallow. Yet Christ still keeps his cool and with righteous indignation enters the temple, flips a few tables and drives out the money-changers. All this knowing His end was eminent.
What I get out of this passage of scripture is that even though hard times, financial difficulties, sickness and many more pressing things will ultimately follow, I know in my suffering there is solace. I have been given a birthright that keeps me in line and directs me to be triumph in every aspect of living. Lets walk today knowing this truth that because Christ entered the building we have exclusive access to His presence, blessings and eternity.