Sometimes things aren't exactly as they appear to be.  This picture of me and Jase looks like that our son, Cole, caught us in a moment where we weren't very happy with each other when in fact he told us to look away from the sun while he checked the lighting on his camera.  We appear to be angry when actually, it was quite the opposite.  It was our 30th Anniversary, and we were taking pictures in celebration. Similar could be said for what happened in the temple courts on Monday. Jesus had an explosion of anger in front of thousands of people and the ruling authority for everyone to see...or did he?  Let's dig a little deeper. 

 

Yesterday, Palm Sunday as it is now known, Jesus made a very public entrance into the temple courts.  It is the beginning of Passover Week or Holy Week.  Thousands and thousands of people are making that very same journey. Those who have arrived early were able to secure rooms at the inns or in private residences. Others who could not afford those nice accommodations were able to choose more prime spots to set up their tents or wagons for safety reasons as well as comfort.  Under trees or next to hillsides would mean privacy as well. As the week went on, choices became fewer, leaving only the open roads or winding outdoor corridors where innocent and faithful families would be easy prey for thieves and criminals.  Yes, it was best to get there early if you could.

 

On that Sunday, there were already a vast amount of people who had arrived early. They had heard of this Jesus and hoped he would be coming to Passover.  If he really is the Messiah, he would have to come, right? Maybe he will come early and set up a place to do his miracles.  The people were waiting for him.  So when he topped the hillside and made his way down into the Kidron Valley on the donkey, surrounded by his disciples, he was spotted.  The people flocked to him and shouted “Hosanna!” He did come! Luke 19:37b, “…the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen.”  

 

Worship has always been a very important part of my life.  With my musical background, I appreciate what it takes to write or perform a worship song that inspires and moves people to want a closer relationship with God.  Musically speaking, it’s so much more difficult than most people assume.  The big pieces that build over a few minutes with multiple instruments and the beautiful voices rising are some of my most favorite.  But I also really love simple, a cappella harmonies.  Sometimes, just a few voices singing together somehow seem to come more directly from the heart with no prompting at all.  They just flow out in certain times of spiritual highs or lows, in moments of overwhelming gratitude or even uncertainty.  That’s what I envision happened at this moment that Luke recorded.  All of the memories of the miracles, wonders, incredible moments of relationship, laughter, teasing, love and acceptance all collided on Jesus and his dearest friends at the same time. The disciples watched the results of their three years of learning and teaching come together as the people began to praise their Savior.  Worship was the only natural reaction.  They sang and worshipped together as they made their way toward the city.  Then in verse 41, “As Jesus approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it”.  So much emotion.  His heart was full and breaking at the same time.  As a fellow human, we can definitely relate.

 

The Pharisees took notice. How will they rid themselves of this Jesus without causing a riot with the people. They clearly adore him. To cause a scene would be to jeopardize their place in society, not to mention they would be putting their own lives in danger.  There are undoubtedly tens, possibly hundreds of thousands of people who could overtake their small faction of power quite easily. 

 

Jesus had made his presence known on that Sunday. Those who weren’t there to witness it would quickly learn of the news. That was enough for one day.  He wouldn’t give the rulers a reason to arrest him, not just yet. Tomorrow will be a little more aggressive.

 

On Monday Jesus traveled from Bethany (less than 2 miles from the city) back into the courts of Jerusalem.  A familiar scene was beginning to take place as he looked around and saw the merchants once again taking advantage of the situation. The sacrifice of these doves are supposed to be an outpouring from the heart, the meaning of atonement for sins committed throughout the year.  The merchants know the significance of this pure white bird and what it means to the Jewish faith.  They also know they can get a high price for them for this very reason.  But Jesus saw this happening yesterday, too, didn’t he? It’s not like he didn’t know what they were doing.  He chose this moment to cause a bit more of a disturbance.  By releasing the doves and overturning the tables and benches once again, he drew negative attention from the Pharisees who were watching it all unfold from their own perches.

 

Mark 11:15-18, “On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there.  He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts.  And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’ The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching.”

 

This is what the rulers were looking for—a reason to arrest him!  But they still have the same problem.  What Jesus did was to validate the Jewish people who were being overcharged for these items.  If the Pharisees arrest him now in front of all of these people, they would be the bad guys.  They couldn’t risk their reputation nor their safety. 

 

What we see in Jesus’ character is not an emotional outburst.  What we see in Jesus is very calculating. He knows exactly what is going to happen.  Out of all of the hundreds of thousands of people there, he is the ONLY one who knows exactly what is going to happen!  He has the people on his side.  They adore him.  He is not only healing their physical ailments, he is now saving them from being taken advantage of by these crooks.  They love him!

 

And word is traveling quickly through the city streets of his actions. 

 

Caiaphas, the High Priest, is growing more angry with every minute that passes.  If they were going to kill him, it had to be done before the Passover feast.  That left them only 4 days.

 

When evening came, Jesus and his apostles went back to Bethany to spend the night. I can just imagine what those conversations were like between them as they were walking back.  How did Jesus explain his actions?  Did he even try to expound what his motivation was?  Would they even understand?  So much of what he had told them thus far was still a mystery to their human brain. Oh, so much more to do. 

 

Tomorrow he will draw even more crowds.

 

(Please know that my purpose in writing is not for you to take my words for fact about Jesus but to prompt you to read more from him and about him in the gospels of the Bible.)

Comments

Sandra Gray:

Thank you for your profound message…and it worked. I wanted more and turned to the word for the "more. " I find myself reaching for more time with my morning Bible studies and thank you for being in service to our King, to write and connect with others, what He so graciously puts on your heart.

Love and blessings,
Sandra Gray

Mar 30, 2021

Charles Staehle:

it is four in the morning, Can’t sleep so i up reading this now and saying God Bless all of you.

Mar 30, 2021

Terry L Haley:

I love you people!!

Mar 30, 2021

Carrie Lyons:

Hello and happy Holy Week. I deeply enjoyed your message and can’t wait until Holy Tuesdays. I loved reading from your perspective. Many prayers gif healing for your sweet Mia Moo. ❤️

Mar 30, 2021

Zizi Ukestad:

THANK YOU Missy, I was intently waiting for more of your blogging!!!! GOD BLESS YOU, and we have been praying for Mia daily. That the Lord covers her in His miracles, gives her strength and the tenacity to heal beyond her pains. The Lord is holding her close and covering her in GRACE & MERCY, she is precious to Him!!! Love you guts keep blogging sista I LOVE IT and you are blessing my soul with your words and causing me to dig deeper in Jesus……..your sister in Christ in California

Mar 30, 2021

Lorraine Trujillo :

Really enjoyed the reading thanks for sharing

Mar 29, 2021

Lexi Cannon:

Hey Mrs.Robertson, I hope this message finds you and I also hope all is well with you and your family. My name is Lexi Cannon and I’m a senior at West Monroe High School. I had the pleasure of singing in Rebel Choir and sharing a Chemistry class with your daughter Mia last year. She was always so kind and intelligent. I can remember during a particularly hard unit in chemistry Mia, Jacey Caples, and Maddie Merrit would make casual jokes about “failing” the class and jumping off the bridge. (I don’t tell you that to freak you out I promise it was casual joking and all in good fun. Mrs.Nelson our teacher would even chuckle on occasion). I then would look over at them and say “If y’all fail we all know I’m going to fail so you better make some room for me on that bridge.” Of course, they all would make A’s and somehow, by the grace of God, I made it out of the class with a B. Math and Chemistry are not my strong points by any means. Mia is has been missed this year at West Monroe for sure, and I have been keeping her in my prayers as she has undergone surgery in the past few weeks. Growing up in the baptist church I never understood what Holy week really was all about. It wasn’t until I met my mentor, Pam Givens who at the time served as an organist in a local catholic church when I became familiar with the concept that by biblical standards there is usually a whole week set aside in remembrance of the events leading to the cross. Not just Palm and Easter Sunday. As I grew up Easter naturally became less about the Easter bunny and fun family gatherings and more about its true meaning. This year I have set aside time in my personal study to learn more about the reasons behind the celebrations of Holy Week as well as follow a plan on the Bible app allowing me to dig deeper in scripture. Having read your blog I can see that you have done a fair amount of research and had some very interesting things to share. I do have one question to ask. Knowing that Christ was fully God and fully man do you think some of his rage in the temple may have been a way of expressing his emotions of possibly fear or grief as he knew the torture and pain that awaited him at the cross? While I am not doubting that he knew fully what lied ahead and that he used each moment as a teachable one, that is even demonstrated again in Matthew 21:18-21 after he curses the fig tree and later explains why he did such a thing to the disciples. In Luke 19:41-44, Jesus weeps over Jerusalem. According to Luke’s gospel, he then cleanses the temple, showing his rage, and curses the tree the following day. I couldn’t help but think, and I think deep down I long to think, that in the human qualities of Christ he carried the heaviness, the grief, the anger, and possibly many other emotions with him that week leading up to his death. I know when I experience times of grief I tend to feel heavy and those feelings sometimes linger depending on the loss even after I’ve surrendered my situation to God. I’ve lost three dear friends this year in and I, unfortunately, know those emotions all too well. We later see in Luke 22:44 as Jesus prayed his agony was so great he sweat blood. (Many scholars and theologians have conversed over it was really blood, and although the sweat may have not been pure-blood we have reason to believe that it contained bloodlike qualities which you can read about in the following link if you’d like. If it doesn’t work let me know and I’d be more than happy to forward the link to you via Facebook messenger)
https://www.apologeticspress.org/APContent.aspx?category=82&article=1086

I know that is a deep question and a lot of information. I partly included it all because I wanted to have my facts a correct as possible before questioning an adult who is far wiser and spiritually mature than myself, but I can’t help but wonder was there more behind his fit of rage other than the fact he knew what was about to happen and he was providing a reason for the arrest. Which is incredible in itself as he did all of those things and much more without sin, but that’s another topic. Thank you for taking your time to read this very long message and answer my questions. Again I wish you well and pray that you have a blessed Holy Week.
sincerely, Lexi Cannon

Mar 29, 2021

Janet Scarborough:

Thank you for bringing this story that we already know and putting new life in it.
Blessings to you and your family this wonderful time of year.

Mar 29, 2021

Kimmi Giglio:

Thank you for a Great message. Still praying for sweet Mia.

Mar 29, 2021

Mark Sartain :

Amen! Jesus is Lord!

Mar 29, 2021

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