Holy Week Devotional - Monday

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During Holy Week we will be emailing daily devotionals that reflect on what happened each day during Holy Week. We hope and pray the Lord uses these devotionals, and additional resources, to encourage you and grow you in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

These devotionals will be archived on our website, and can accessed here.

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What Happened on Monday?

Suggested Readings

Jesus curses a fig tree
Matthew 21:18-19; Mark 11:12-14

Jesus cleanses the temple
Matthew 21:12-13; Mark 11:15-18; Luke 19:45-48

Devotional

Are You Bearing Fruit, or Just Leaves?

In Mark 11 we are told that Jesus became hungry; a reminder to us that God with us, the second part of the Trinity, humbled Himself to the point of even experiencing hunger. So He approached a fig tree with leaves to see if He could find fruit. It should be noted, in this region fig trees do not fully bloom until summer. However, at this time of the year, spring time, fig trees would begin to produce leaves, along with 'taksh' - Arabic for a smaller, immature, yet edible fig, which was a common food source for the poor and hungry traveler. Therefore, seeing the leaves on the fig tree one would rightly expect to find taksh, and yet, upon inspection by Jesus, there is none to be found. So Jesus curses the tree. Why did Jesus curse the tree? Was He 'hangry' and that poor tree was just in the wrong place at the wrong time? No, of course not! That tree was sovereignly placed in that spot for that exact moment by God to present, as John Calvin once said, "an outward sign of the end which awaits hypocrites, and at the same time to expose the emptiness and folly of their ostentation." This event is a sobering reminder of the impending judgement of God and that there will be those who had leaves but did not bear fruit, and God's curse/judgement will fall upon them. But thanks be to God, in spite of our sin and knowing what awaited Him later in Holy Week, Jesus lovingly and willingly went to the cross so that in Him we could be redeemed and adopted by God! So with joy, humility, and love, let us willingly submit to the Father's will and live lives that bear and display the fruit of the Spirit. And though even our best days and greatest works are still tainted by our sin, cling to the promise found in 1 Corinthians 15:58, that if you labor in the Lord, your labor is not in vain.

Family Discipleship

Jesus cleanses the temple
Matthew 21:12-13; Mark 11:15-18; Luke 19:45-48

  1. Why was Jesus upset by what was happening in the temple?
  2. What kind of place was the temple supposed to be?
  3. How do we let our worship get distracted by other things?

Worship Through Song

Your Labor is Not in Vain

: chorus :
For I am with you I am with you
I am with you I am with you
For I have called you
Called you by name
Your labor is not in vain

: verse 1 :
Your labor is not in vain
Though the ground underneath you is cursed and stained
Your planting and reaping are never the same
But your labor is not in vain

: verse 2 :
Your labor is not unknown
Though the rocks they cry out and the sea it may groan
The place of your toil may not seem like a home
But your labor is not unknown

: verse 3 :
The vineyards you plant will bear fruit
The fields will sing out and rejoice with the truth
For all that is old will at last be made new
The vineyards you plant will bear fruit

: verse 4 :
The houses you labored to build
Will finally with laughter and joy be filled
The serpent that hurts and destroys shall be killed
And all that is broken be healed


Additional Resources

Video: Holy Week - Monday

Filmed in conjunction with the book The Final Days of Jesus, this video features short explanations from and interviews with New Testament professors Nicholas Perrin (of Wheaton College) and Grant Osborne (of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School), focusing in particular on the cursing of the fig tree, the cleansing of the temple, and the role of the temple in the theology and practice of Jesus.

Holy Week Spotify Playlist

We created a Spotify playlist with music focused on Holy Week. We hope these songs will help you reflect on this momentous week, and help prepare your heart as we reflect on and celebrate these events.

Pinterest

Check out our Easter Pinterest Board for activity and craft ideas for the whole family! You can find the board here.

Books

The following two books were used to help prepare these daily Holy Week devotionals.

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The Final Days of Jesus

A chronological arrangement, with commentary, to help one understand what happened and why it matters today.
More information here.

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ESV Family Devotional Bible

Designed to help families read the Bible and apply God's Word together.

More information here.

Study Guide

The Final Days of Jesus has a companion study guide available as a free PDF. You can download it here.