Holy Week – Holy Monday

Today is Holy Monday, the day after Jesus rode into town on a donkey, with the road covered in Palm branches.

Mark 11:12-17 12 The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 13 Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. 14 Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it. 15 On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts 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, 16 and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. 17 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.’

This day, Jesus curses a fig tree, which is really strange. Further study would show that the reason He did this was a symbolic of the nation of Israel; they were living a fruitless life in His eyes. John 15:4 says – Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. Fruit is a result of a close relationship with Jesus.

Another thing that happened on Holy Monday is the clearing of the Temple. Jesus was really hot about the Temple being used for personal business. When we worship Jesus, that is the purpose of church, not our own agendas. The only business we do is lifting up the name of Jesus.

Stay in the light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

Published by Larry E Floyd

Follower of Jesus the Messiah. Husband, father, grandfather, son, uncle, friend, and pastor

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