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HOLY WEEK // Disrupter


As we journey through Holy Week, we encounter Jesus the disrupter— fearlessly challenging the status quo, urging us to reassess our understanding of faith and justice. 

Let's dive into the story of the cleansing of the temple…


We find Jesus arriving at the Temple in Jerusalem, a sacred space meant for prayer and worship. However, what he encountered within its walls was far from the reverence and holiness that should have defined it. Instead, he found a marketplace—a scene of commerce and exploitation that desecrated the sanctity of God's house.  The pursuit of profit and power had overshadowed the temple's spiritual purpose. With righteous indignation, Jesus overturned the tables of the moneychangers and the seats of those selling doves. In doing so, he challenged and exposed the hypocrisy of those who exploited the devout for personal gain. This act was not merely a display of anger; it was a prophetic statement—a disruption intended to awaken hearts and minds to the true essence of worship.


But Jesus doesn't stop there. Amidst the chaos, he reaches out to the marginalised—the blind and the lame—extending healing and acceptance. In embracing the outcasts, he confronts societal norms that breed exclusion and discrimination, igniting a revolution. Jesus unveils profound truths: The Kingdom of God embodies holiness and embraces all who seek Him. 


Yet, this act of disruption exacts a heavy toll. Jesus' unwavering stand unsettles the establishment. In The Gospels, we learn that his actions stir the religious authorities to plot his demise, threatened by his challenge to their power.


As we reflect on Jesus' daring actions in the temple, let's examine our lives. Are we complicit in injustices? Are there behaviours that compromise our holiness? Let's summon the courage to confront these realities, echoing Jesus' boldness and compassion—even if it rattles the foundations of the status quo and costs us dearly. 



Verses:

Matthew 21: 12-15 (NIV)


Jesus at the Temple

12 Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. 13 “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’”

14 The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them. 15 But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple courts, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they were indignant.


Song:

Clean - Hillsong/Taya 

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