Holy Week Devotional - Monday

HolyWeek-monday.jpg

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.

Please feel free to share any and all of these devotionals!


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

On Monday of Holy Week, Mark 11:12-19 shows us that Jesus entered into the temple as the Lord of the temple. He desires to purify it and to restore its full service as a house of prayer for all nations. The Lord gave the instructions of how the Temple should be used to glorify Him, but the people were not obeying. People were corrupting the temple of the Lord by selling, exchanging money, and working in ways against the temples intention and purpose. Further, the Gentiles were observing the Jews to see how they worshipped the Lord, but the Jews were not being a good example to them. We see Jesus’ righteous anger as people misuse what is intended for worship as selfish gain.

Now, we do not have a physical building, like the Temple, where God dwells. Rather, Scripture tells us that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19). We are called to take care of and honor God’s temple. As Christians today we should be careful how we choose to live our lives and the example that we are leaving behind to non-believers who are close-by watching.

After Jesus cleanses the Temple, he walks back to the city. We see him cursing a fig tree (Matthew 21:18-29) because it was not bearing fruit. This symbol shows the  judgment that will come to those who do not bear fruit. Hosea 9:10-17 shows the Israelites that judgement will come to those that do not do God’s will. We know that in Hosea and throughout the Old Testament, the Israelites (who doubt, disobey and wander) represent us. We should heed this warning and pray to God that we will bear fruit and obey the Holy Spirit that is within us.

The Lord of the Temple, Jesus, is still our Lord. He is purifying and restoring us, His children, not because of us, but for God’s glory. Therefore, we both rejoice that when the Father looks us on He sees the righteousness of His Son and is pleased, and also pray that we, through the power of the Spirit, will be faithful and produce the Fruit of the Spirit.

Reflection

Additional readings:

  • Verses about our bodies being a Temple - 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, 1 Corinthians 6:19-10, Romans 12:1-2

  • Verses about bearing fruit: Colossians 1:10, James 15:1-27, John 15:16

Questions:

  • Why did Jesus get angry and cleanse the temple?

  • What are some things for us to cleanse from our lives individually? Collectively?

  • How can we produce fruit?

Worship Through Song

Cornerstone

Chorus
Christ alone cornerstone
Weak made strong in the Saviour's love
Through the storm He is Lord
Lord of all

Verse 1
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus' blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly trust in Jesus' Name

Verse 2
When darkness seems to hide His face
I rest on His unchanging grace
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil
My anchor holds within the veil

Verse 3
When He shall come with trumpet sound
Oh may I then in Him be found
Dressed in His righteousness alone
Faultless stand before the throne


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.