Monday of Passion Week

Tracing the steps of Jesus on the Holy Week leading up to Easter Sunday began with the celebration of Palm Sunday.

[Palm Sunday] Jesus enters Jerusalem on an “untamed” colt of a donkey making public the claim to be their Messiah and King of Israel in fulfillment of Old Testament prophesy (Zechariah 9:9).  People crowded the streets in a parade type celebration with shouts of, "Hosanna!"  (Save now!!!) "Blessed is the King who comes in the Name of the Lord!  Peace in heaven and glory to God in the highest!" ~ Luke 19:38.   From the Mount of Olives, Jesus entered through the Eastern gate to the Temple... all in fulfillment of OT prophesy from Ezekiel 43 returning the glory of the Lord to the Temple.  Luke 19:39-40, "And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”  The crowd thought that Jesus was going to give them what they wanted and expected... to be delivered by a political revolution; however, Jesus came with His eyes on the cross.  Luke 19:41-42, "And when He drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace!

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Monday] Jesus made His way into the outer courts of the Temple... where all the nations were invited to pray.  He watched as people bought and sold goods for worship... in righteous anger, He turned over tables and drove out sellers while declaring that the Temple was a House of Prayer for the nations!”  Matthew 21:12-17,  And Jesus entered the temple 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.  He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.”  And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them. But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant, and they said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read, “‘Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise’?” (quoting Psalm 8:2) And leaving them, he went out of the city to Bethany and lodged there.


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