Today is what has been commonly called the “Holy Monday” of the passion week. It refers to the Monday that follows Palm Sunday where Jesus rode into Jerusalem for the final time before going to the cross.
One of the biggest events that took place on that Monday was a visit that Jesus made to the Temple that day. Here is what happened:
Jesus went into the temple and threw out all those buying and selling. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves. He said to them, “It is written, my house will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a den of thieves! ” (Matthew 21:12-13 CSB)
Not your typical visit to church, eh? Jesus didn’t go into the Temple for the ordinary worship. He was on a mission. Sadly, the worship of that day had become somewhat of a show. There were those who were buying and selling materials that were used in the worship services, but these people many times took advantage of the worshippers by inflating prices and such.Jesus was not pleased with what was going on in the house of worship. It was to be a place that was for people to come and draw nearer to God not be taken advantage of.
I often wonder if Jesus were to come into the doors of our churches today, would there be some “overturning of things”? Would Jesus find what He intended to be there? I certainly hope so. I also hope that if He didn’t like what He would see that He would do the necessary “rearranging” that was needed.
As we draw nearer to the celebration of the resurrection, let us do an inventory of what is present not only in our churches but our own lives. It may be time for some spring cleaning to take place.