So, now you know what happened on Palm Sunday. If you read yesterday’s blog that is. Jesus went into Jerusalem, rode through the streets on a donkey and the people waved palm branches and sang, “Hosanna to God in the highest.” We refer to that event as the Triumphal Entry.
But many of us forget what transpired after He got down off of the donkey. No warm and fuzzy Jesus here. Take a look at what happened next.
¶ And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers 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.”
But on a side note, did you know that this was not the first time Jesus raised a ruckus in the temple? That’s right. Believe it or not, right after his very first miracle (turning the water into wine at the wedding in Cana) Jesus went to the temple during Passover and let the money changers have it. Check it out in John chapter 2!
Basically, Jesus blows into town, blows up, then…blows out.
He left Jerusalem proper that Sunday evening and went back to the city to Bethany, where he had been staying since Friday night. It was the home of Mary, Martha and Lazarus. It appears that was where he stayed most of the week leading up to his tragic death. Spending it with the people that comforted Him the most.
Monday, however, was back to business as usual. Jesus got up and headed back into the city. On the way, He cursed the fig tree.
Check it out…
Then, he cleansed the Temple…again!
After that, he headed back to Bethany for some rest.
See you tomorrow!