Posted: April 1, 2020
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This Sundays Topic:
Welcome The King
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When we think about “Palm Sunday,” we usually think only of the events of our Lord’s entrance into Jerusalem. We think of the provision of the donkey and her significance in symbolism and fulfillment of prophecy. We think of the size of the crowd and its excitement. We think about the complaint of the Pharisees and our Lord’s rebuttal. What an exciting event!
But, have you ever thought about where our Lord went next? Have you ever considered what was next on our Lord’s agenda? Our Lord went to the temple! Our Lord made the entry into Jerusalem and went to the temple. Mark’s Gospel tells us that our Lord went to the temple, looked around and left because it was late. The next day He returned and cleansed the temple by throwing out the money changers and those selling doves. This event was so significant that Matthew and Luke go directly from describing His entrance to describing His cleansing. The temple was our Lord’s first priority after He entered Jerusalem.
What a powerful lesson for us! This lesson becomes even more powerful when we consider that believers are temples of God. 1 Corinthians 3:16 says, “Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” Could it be that the Lord’s first priority of this Palm Sunday is to cleanse us?
Is He wanting to cleanse you from sin? Whether the sin is in our heart, speech, or conduct, it pollutes the temple of us. 1 Corinthians 3:17 says the temple of God is to be holy. The first part of the verse speaks of God judging those who destroy the temple. If we don’t deal with sin in our lives, God will. He will cleanse us just as thoroughly as He cleansed the temple. Are there sins and sinfulness that God wants out of your life? Confess those and by His grace repent of them. Be a temple in which Christ is welcome.
What about your prayer life? The Lord Jesus reminded the religious leaders that He wanted the temple to be a place of prayer. He wants the same from us. He wants us to walk in communion with Him (“Pray without ceasing” – 1 Thessalonians 5:17). Is our Lord wanting to cleanse you of everything that distracts you away from Him? He wants us to walk with Him. Is He cleansing you in order to bring you to that point?
Last, what about your associations? In 2 Corinthians 6, Paul warned believers about being bound together with nonbelievers. In verse 16 he asked “Or what agreement has the temple of God with idol?” God wants His temples (us) for Himself. The Holy Spirit within us has nothing in common with a nonbeliever. We must guard ourselves from entangling relationships. God calls His people out and promises to bless them if they come to Him. Is He trying to cleanse you from entangling relationships with nonbelievers to draw you to Himself more fully?
When our Lord entered Jerusalem, His first concern was cleansing the temple. His first concern today is cleansing the temples that are His people. Is He wanting to cleanse you today?