Journey to the Cross: Day 2: Holy Monday

Welcome back my friends!  For those of you just joining us today we are spending this week, Holy Week, reflecting on Jesus’ lonely journey to the cross.  I will break it down day by day, to the best of my ability, and we are sure to be blessed.

Holy Monday.  Day 2 of Holy Week.  

*Please note the timeline depicted throughout this series is just a rough estimation.  As the Gospels depict the same story, there do seem to be minor discrepancies on the timeline.

I started this blog several years ago (took this last year off) to share spiritual truths that I glean from the Bible, daily devotions, Christian books and articles, as well as my daily encounters with God.  I believe I have stayed true to that purpose, but today, instead of a written word, I have chose to share a video.

Please use Mark 11:12-19 alongside the video.

There is one aspect not covered in the video that I would like to elaborate on:

Jesus’ righteous anger.

I used the information below in a blog I wrote 4 years ago (I can’t believe it has been 4 years).  I think it is worth repeating.

Anger is not always sin. There is a type of anger of which the Bible approves, often called “righteous indignation.” God is angry (Psalm 7:11; Mark 3:5), and it is acceptable for believers to be angry (Ephesians 4:26). Two Greek words in the New Testament are translated as “anger.” One means “passion, energy” and the other means “agitated, boiling.” Biblically, anger is God-given energy intended to help us solve problems. Examples of biblical anger include David’s being upset over hearing Nathan the prophet sharing an injustice (2 Samuel 12) and Jesus’ anger over how some of the Jews had defiled worship at God’s temple in Jerusalem (John 2:13-18). Notice that neither of these examples of anger involved self-defense, but a defense of others or of a principle…..

Anger can become sinful when it is motivated by pride (James 1:20), when it is unproductive and thus distorts God’s purposes (1 Corinthians 10:31), or when anger is allowed to linger (Ephesians 4:26-27). One obvious sign that anger has turned to sin is when, instead of attacking the problem at hand, we attack the wrongdoer. Ephesians 4:15-19 says we are to speak the truth in love and use our words to build others up, not allow rotten or destructive words to pour from our lips. Unfortunately, this poisonous speech is a common characteristic of fallen man (Romans 3:13-14). Anger becomes sin when it is allowed to boil over without restraint, resulting in a scenario in which hurt is multiplied (Proverbs 29:11), leaving devastation in its wake. Often, the consequences of out-of-control anger are irreparable. Anger also becomes sin when the angry one refuses to be pacified, holds a grudge, or keeps it all inside (Ephesians 4:26-27). This can cause depression and irritability over little things, which are often unrelated to the underlying problem.

Today as we reflect on this day in Jesus’ journey to the cross, let us search our hearts and examine the fruit we have in our lives.  Is your fig tree barren?  Is it slowly withering away?  Does your fig tree need pruning?  Hopefully your tree is blooming and this is just a reminder to stay the course.  I, on the other hand, have some changes to make.

Furthermore, let us examine our temples.  We can be quick to want to examine our church and look for corruption, deceit, mockery, mess, confusion  etc., but what about our temple…our own self.  Would Jesus have a right to be angry with what is happening in your temple?

Come back tomorrow as we begin to look at Jesus’ final teachings.

Be Blessed and Be a Blessing,

Missy

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