Palm Sunday was a big deal. Jesus makes His triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The crowds greet Him as if He is king. They are shouting out things like
Lord, save us NOW! (that is what Hosanna means)
Hosanna to the son of David!
Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest!
This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee.
(From Matthew 21:9-11)
All this was not going over well with those in power. The even took Him aside and rebuked Him for allowing such a display
But that’s not all that happened that day.
Once He got to the temple He – well here, read it for yourself:
And Jesus entered the temple and cast out all those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the moneychangers and the seats of those who were selling doves. And He said to them, “It is written, ‘MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER’; but you are making it a ROBBERS’ DEN.” Matthew 21:12-13 NASB)
You know this is not the only time He had done this in the temple. Three years earlier when they came to Jerusalem for the Passover, when He saw them buying and selling animals for sacrifice, He was so consumed with the Zeal of the Lord that He went out of the temple and took the time to fashion a whip, then returned and drove the animals and the money changers out of the temple.
So here He is on the day of His triumphal entry and He sees the temple in the same state He had found it three years before. Apparently His prior demonstration and attempt and temple reform had not quite taken hold.
Can you imagine the mêlée when He dumps the tables? Coins scattering everywhere, animals braying, birds swishing and swooping, goats and sheep bleating. What a mess!
But this is still not the end of His day. Immediately upon the cleansing of the temple, this holy space begins to see, perhaps for the first time ever, what it was made for.
And the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them. (Matthew 21:14)
The change is almost instantaneous. Just as Malachi prophesied:
Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,” says the LORD of hosts.
…and He will purify the sons of Levi
But for you who fear My name the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings;
(Malachi 3:1, 3:3 & 4:2)
As soon as the temple was cleansed the healing began.
And so it is today.
You – that’s right YOU – If you have entered into covenant with Jesus, you are the temple of the living God.
What will He find in His temple when He comes?
What do you think He is going to do about it?
Is your life a mess? Don’t be afraid here.
Notice this. It was not the temple that was hurt by the cleansing, it was those who had falsely taken control of territory that was not theirs to inhabit.
If you are the temple and there are unholy habits, or unclean thoughts, or impure motives buying and selling in the courts of your heart and mind, don’t be afraid. Jesus is coming to drive out that which does not belong in you, His Holy Temple. [Tweet This]
And then the healing will break forth, the blind will see and the lame will walk!
Shout with me today.
Hosanna, Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord – Come Lord Jesus – cleanse your temple today.
See you tomorrow