The final 7 days of Jesus’ earthly life is often referred to as Passion Week. Beginning on Monday, Jesus experienced several different emotions. While approaching Jerusalem, Jewish broken down in tears, having compassion on lost people, unable to discern what was about to happen. A few hours later, Jesus is enraged by a temple corrupted by the world, becoming more like a flea market than a house of worship. The Bible claims Jesus turned over tables, trying to eliminate impure motives from this holy place.
When Jesus entered the temple courts, he began to drive out those who were selling. “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be a house of prayer’; but you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’ ” Luke 19:45-46
According to the Bible, God sees all things. If today was the beginning of his final week on earth, I wonder if Jesus would respond in a similar manner. How much compassion would be displayed? What anger would be demonstrated and where else beside the temple would Jesus target? Although its just a hunch, I believe Jesus would go into the house of saints, throwing idols off their shelves, trying to purge believers from their worldly ways. After this visit, Christians must decide for themselves, relying on freewill to determine, “who will I follow?”
And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. – Hebrews 4:13
One of the greatest misconceptions about Christianity is that God forces individuals to do this or do that. Essentially, the Lord gives freedom, like Adam and Eve in the Garden with just one rule to follow. Although the fall of mankind has complicated life, each day involves choices, Deuteronomy 30:15-16. According to Moses, good choices lead to life and bad ones to death. Therefore, if you want to honor God and avoid from having the tables turned over in your own temple, the body, choose the narrow path today, Matthew 7:13-14.
by Jay Mankus