Monday of Holy Week

From Luke 19:45-48

45 Then he entered the temple area and began driving out those who were selling.

46 “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be a house of prayer’; but you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’”

 47 Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him.

48 Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his words.

These are the steps Jesus would have walked up to reach the temple. Note their size relative to the people standing on them:

You can just see in the top left of the picture all that remains visible of the gates through which Jesus entered the temple. It’s hard not to be impressed by the sheer scale of the temple mount, and the feat of engineering that led it to be built. As we shall see tomorrow, even the disciples were overawed by what they saw. But not Jesus. He was more concerned with what went on inside, than what the outside looked like. And so, as you stand these steps, you then begin to wonder just what He makes of our fine buildings and ecclesiastical institutions today. We get so worked up about these things, but it seems to me Jesus is looking more for a simple house and heart of prayer where there is room to receive Him as Lord and Saviour and King.

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