Updated: Mar 31, 2021
Monday, 29 March 2021.
Day 1: Righteous Anger
Scripture: (Matthew 21:12–22, Mark 11:12–19, Luke 19:45–48)
If Jesus entering the city as a parade of people rejoicing and saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” on Palm Sunday didn’t cause enough attention to Jesus’ authority, his arrival to the temple the next day surely did.
We all fail to remember how Jesus cleansed his father's house, exhibiting righteous anger. We don’t like to think of Jesus in that way. We like gentle Jesus with children and tiny lambs gathered around. On this day, however, Jesus showed his authority as he flipped tables over forcing the merchants out . He exposed the hypocrisy of the religious system and temple leaders. On this day, Jesus reminded those misusing the temple just who it belongs to, and he reminds us how we will ultimately answer for our sins on earth.
Have you ever been in a situation where the so-called authority is proven wrong or weak? What Jesus did to the religious leaders called attention to what they allowed to take place in God’s house. This event made them even more afraid of him than they already were. Not only has Jesus performed miracles and drawn crowds, but he is also pointing out their sin and errors.
Reflection: Close your eyes & ponder on the righteous anger of Jesus, and remember you need his salvation. As Haug and Walker write, “May we mourn the darkness in our hearts and rejoice in the light of God who came into the world to save us!” Spend time today repenting of the darkness, hypocrisy, and sin in your heart. Then, rejoice that Jesus died to cleanse it.
Pray: Lord, Forgive me for the times I have gone astray, and the times I have led others away from you. Forgive me for my hypocrisy and unforgiving heart toward others. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I submit my life to your authority. Amen.