Holy Week

Holy Monday – Jesus Clears the Temple

 

Take time to read the account of Jesus clearing the temple Mark 11:15–19,

On the Holy Monday Jesus walked into Jerusalem to take care of business. We know from Mark’s account that he had visited the temple the evening before and seen what was happening there and come Monday morning he was going to deal with it

J Parnell puts it like this “The meek and mild Jesus of progressive “tolerance” that so many of our contemporaries have come to prefer was nowhere to be found when he made a mess of the money-changers. There was nothing soft and tender on display when Jesus, in Jeremiah-like fashion, pronounced a resounding judgment on Israel.”

In no uncertain terms, Jesus rebuke fell on their worship.

Why was this? Was Jesus opposed to buying and selling of animals? Was he opposed to the trading taking place?

What Jesus was opposed to was that this was all taking place in the courts of the Gentiles A place where the gentile, the outcast, the widow, those far off could come and worship and that place was taken over by the money changes who were selling to the Jews to go into the temple to worship. Those far from God were denied the opportunity to draw near. It was designed to be for ALL NATIONS but it wasn’t

God loves our worship and he longs that all men would worship him. Heaven gives an account of all every tribe and tongue and nation in worship to him.

On this Holy Monday, let us spend some time in worship. Let us come in an attitude of submission. Let us come and ask God to transform our hearts, that we would be people and a church where ALL NATIONS, all tribes, all tongues would be free to worship together, that we would build bridges not put up walls between ourselves and others. Let’s be a people of justice.

Find a place of quiet, where you can sit, kneel or lay before God and play the following songs and meditate on the words.

Psalm 139 v 23 – 24

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Y8zP34AhuU

Amos 5 v 22 – 24 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xfv9OI59_7o

 

Holy Tuesday – Be Prepared – READ MATTHEW 24 and 25

 

As we read across the four gospels we discover that in a single day, Jesus would simultaneously condemn the Pharisees while confirming His deity. The cleansing of the Temple on Holy Monday caused the Pharisees to question Jesus’ right to do “these things.” Jesus had not received His authority or permissions from the religious leaders . . . so they wanted answers.

Attempts were made to force Jesus to state that He had divine power from God or was God. Then He could be charged with blasphemy, even arrested. Knowing their motives, Jesus agreed to answer their questions if they first answered a question but they couldn’t.

The attempts to trap Jesus therefore escalated. Israel’s religious leaders had one goal: to get rid of Jesus. If this meant cooperating with a lifelong enemy, any means would be justified. So the Pharisees, Herodians and the Sadducees attempted to discredit Jesus

Tribute to Caesar (Matthew 22:15–22) Marriage at the Resurrection (Mark 12:18–27) Whose Son is Christ (Matthew 22:41–46)

This time Jesus did not remain silent but warned the crowds and disciples about the hypocrisy and unbelief of the nation’s religious leaders.

How painful that Holy Tuesday must have been to cause Jesus to utter His final lament over the city of Jerusalem (John 12:37–40). Even before His crucifixion, Jesus’ heart would be broken by Israel’s lack of faith. Their failure to recognise His deity left the people unprepared. The mourning of the nation of Israel would be great (Zechariah 12:10–11). Soon the Temple would be destroyed and Jerusalem with it.

As Jesus left the Temple, His disciples asked two critical questions: “When will this happen [the destruction of the Temple], and what will be the sign of your coming and the end of the age?” Jesus encouraged them with teaching and parables to be faithful, watchful and prepared. These lessons are relevant to all of us especially today

Mediate on the promised return of Jesus. Listen to the truth of Brenton Brown’s song “Coming back for me” to minister to you https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdiiijSS0cI
Meditate on the joy of heaven with this song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLNvHIWVnpE

 

HOLY WEEK – SPY WEDNESDAY

 

The drama of Holy week, which started with Jesus entry into Jerusalem on Sunday, the clearing of the temple on Monday and the attempts to undermine Jesus and have him arrested for Blasphemy from the religious leaders we hit Spy Wednesday. The church has long called it “Spy Wednesday,” as the dark conspiracy against Jesus takes a new sinister turn as it comes not just from enemies outside, but now with a traitor from within.

David Mathis (@davidmathis) captures the drama like this …
“Caiaphas, the high priest, gathers to his private residence the chief priests and Pharisees — two competing groups, typically at odds, now bedfellows in their ache to be rid of the Galilean. They scheme to kill him, but don’t have all the pieces in place yet. They fear the approving masses, and don’t want to stir up the assembled hordes during Passover. The initial plan is to wait till after the feast, unless some unforeseen opportunity emerges. Enter the traitor.”

Read John 12 v 1-8

This was the event that led up to Judas betrayal. A women broke a jar of very expensive ointment over Jesus feet. Judas was indignant. v4 “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” This was, after all, “a very large sum,” more than a year’s wages for a soldier or common labourer. It would have been enough money to finance a family for more than a year, and could have gone a long way for charity.” (ESV)

Judas cares little for the poor but cares a great deal about money and sees this as a total waste. Jesus however sees this as total worship and describes it as a beautiful thing. Worship is more important. Our hearts are more important. In many respects the money was secondary – what the responses of both the women and Judas revealed was the state of their heart.

Maybe it was the waste or maybe the public rebuke that Jesus brought but either way Satan finds a foothold in Judas heart and incensed he goes to the chief priests and becomes just the opportunity the religious leaders are looking for. The spy will lead them to Jesus at the opportune time when the crowds have gone home. Such is his rage, Judas agrees to betray Jesus for only thirty pieces of silver, which Exodus 21v 32 decrees is the price of the life of a slave.

Use these songs as a response to give Jesus our hearts, like the women, whatever the cost

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUtJz7H_DCE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CKCThJB5w0

 

Maundy Thursday – The Last Supper when Jesus washed his disciples feet

 

I have often wondered why this day was called“Maundy” and was interested that it come from the first word of the Latin phrase “Mandatum novum do vobis ut diligatis invicem sicut dilexi vos”
(A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another)

Read John 13:1-11 for the account of Jesus washing the disciples feed Read Mark 14:12-26 for the account of the Passover meal

Maundy Thursday – What can we learn?
The events of Maundy Thursday highlight the humility and servanthood of Jesus. His command to His disciples is a command that He leaves for us as well, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:34-35).

So Maunday Thursday is the “Thursday of THE commandment”

John Piper observes it like this… This is the commandment: “Love one another as I have loved you.” But what about Galatians 5:14? “For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” If the whole law is fulfilled in “Love your neighbor as yourself,” what more can “Love one another as Christ loved you” add to the fulfillment of the whole law? I would say that Jesus did not replace or change the commandment, “Love your neighbour as you love yourself.” He filled it out and gave it clear illustration. He is saying, Here is what I mean by “as yourself.” Watch me. I mean: Just as you would want someone to set you free from certain death, so you should set them free from certain death. That is how I am now loving you. My suffering and death is what I mean by ‘as yourself.’ You want life. Live to give others life. At any cost.So John says, “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers” (1 John 3:16). Was Jesus loving us “as he loved himself”? Listen to Ephesians 5:29-30, “No one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body.”In the horrors of his suffering Christ was sustained “by the joy that was set before him” (Hebrews 12:2). And that joy was the everlasting gladness of his redeemed people, satisfied in the presence of the risen king.

Therefore, let us see the greatest love in action during these next 24 hours. “Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end” (John 13:1). And let us be so moved by this love that it becomes our own. “He laid down his life for us, we ought to lay down ours for the brothers”

This is the commandment. This is the Thursday.
This requires submission and self sacrifice. Let’s meditate on what Jesus is asking of us, his followers, as a response to his own sacrifice for us using the songs below…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MblrWZDpPQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWP05Fm39sY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SSJicZO6_g