Holy Monday: Preparing Our Hearts
Praise God for His righteousness!
Sing: Search me, O God
Read God’s Word
Matthew 21: 12-17
Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’”
The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them. But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple courts, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they were indignant.
“Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him.
“Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read,
“‘From the lips of children and infants
you, Lord, have called forth your praise’?”
And he left them and went out of the city to Bethany, where he spent the night.
After the happy welcome extended to Jesus, Matthew swiftly moved to remind us that Jesus did not come merely to service our human desires. He came to prepare us for His Kingdom. Will the enthusiasm of the crowds translate to commitment and surrender to the King?
In this passage, two groups were opposed to Jesus and His Mission: (1) Those who made use of religion for their own ends and (2) religious people who were unwilling to accept who Jesus was claiming to be. In what way do we merely make use of God? In what way are we unwilling to accept Him?
Two groups were drawn to Jesus: (1) Those who allowed themselves to need Jesus like the blind and the lame, and (2) the children who were not imprisoned by cold religiosity and responded to Jesus in spontaneous praise.
Gracious Heavenly Father, as I welcome Jesus into my life, what do You find in my heart today? Search me, O God, and know my heart I pray. Cleanse me of anything that is not of You. Examine my motives to make me pure and holy for You. Prepare me, Father, to be a living sanctuary for You, in Jesus name. Amen!