And he was teaching daily in the
temple. (Luke 19:47)
The temple courtyard had been cleared of the money
tables and the baskets of animals and now the great
court was quiet and open. And into that vacated
place the people later poured to hear Jesus.
These events occurred on Monday before Christ’s
crucifixion. What about the “Mondays” of your life?
Is this when Christ’s housecleaning clears away the
clutter and He opens up space, in our schedules and
in our hearts? Why? The Lord does this so that we
will hunger to fill that receptive space with the
joy of knowing Him as we hear Him.
The temple space had been cleared and the next
day in the temple, Jesus was able to begin to teach
the religious leaders and His disciples. Jesus saw a
widow drop a penny into the treasury, and taught
about sacrificial giving. He was shown a coin with
Tiberius’s profile, and taught about priorities.
But Monday is not yet Resurrection Sunday. Tuesday
is not yet Resurrection Sunday. That is the risk on
this part of our walk, that we’ll be content with
cleansing and preparation to hear the teachings of
Jesus, yet fail to truly know Him. Do you know of
anyone who has stopped at Monday, or even Tuesday?
They have been cleansed and maybe even attend Bible
studies, go to service after service and never truly
encounter the risen Lord in a life transformational
Monday can be a dangerous day for every believer if
you stop with the cleansing. Tuesday can be a
dangerous day for the believer, if you just love to
study the Bible, for the sake of study. Or
you pursue knowledge for the sake of knowledge.
Beware, lest you find yourself stuck like the many
who heard Jesus teach, that first Holy Week, but
never really go on to know the joy of knowing Jesus
in an ever-growing relationship. Will you settle for
knowledge of Jesus or will you pursue knowing Him?
Adapted from: https://www.guideposts.org/faith-and-prayer/daily-devotions/a-lenten-devotion-taking-the-road-to-calvary