Yesterday, on Palm Sunday, we entered Holy Week. The Gospels devote a significant amount of space to the final days of Jesus. Approximately 1/3 of the Gospel of Matthew focuses on the events leading up to the death of Jesus. The Gospel of Mark also dedicates 1/3 of his account to the days before the crucifixion. The Gospel of Luke is a bit lighter as he only focuses about 1/4 of his text on the final week. However, about 1/2 of the Gospel of John is focused on the final week of Jesus’ life. Scholars believe Jesus was about 33 years old when he was crucified. His public ministry lasted approximately 3 years. And yet, it is the last few days of his life that receive the bulk of the attention in the Gospels.
During this Holy Week we will simply be sharing verses and stories from each day of the week as reported by scripture. May your journey with Jesus this week be filled with awe and wonder.
Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’
The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them.
But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple courts, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they were indignant.
“Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him. “Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read, “‘From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise’?”