Matthew 21:1-17

Not long after Jesus entered Jerusalem he entered the temple. Out in the streets of the city he was showered with shouts of “Hosanna!” as people celebrated his coming. Inside the temple much the same took place that is until Jesus drove out the merchants and money changers who took unfair advantage of the people. Jesus drove them out, turned over their tables and rebuked them for turning God’s house of prayer into a den of robbers.

This brings up an interesting question. What is it in your life that needs cleansing? What are the tables that need to be turned over? We all have them. Surely, anyone with such a burden would want it removed, lifted and taken away. Well, that is just what Jesus did by the week’s end.

Through his innocent suffering and death, Jesus rescued God’s people from the consequences of sin. The tables have been turned on the powers that defy God. Sin, death and the power of the devil no longer have power. Through Christ, the church is cleansed and God’s people restored to a right relationship with the Father.

Prayer: With shouts of Hosanna, O Lord, we thank you and praise you for your saving grace. Amen.

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