Monday, March 25, 2013

Easter thoughts...

With resurrection Sunday being this Sunday, I want to take some time today to focus on Easter. Yesterday was Palm Sunday, the day that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a Donkey while crowds of people covered the streets ahead of him with their cloaks and with palm branches. It is interesting to note that in those days Kings rode into towns on Donkeys after they'd been triumphant and won a battle. However, the Jews in the city were confused and thought that Jesus was coming to wage war against the Romans in order to set them free. Thus they sang praises and said Hosanna which means “save us now” in the Greek translation. Jesus was coming into town not to save just the Jews from the Romans but to save entire human kind from the damnation of sin. It was on Monday of Easter week that Jesus went to the temple. There he found money changers and people selling animals to sacrifice, making a large profit off of un-biblical practices. It was then that Jesus threw the tables of the vendors. He turned the whole place upside down and told the people there that they were turning his house of prayer into a den of robbers. I love this passage because of the strength it shows Jesus having. I am afraid that many of us see the picture of Jesus with a little lamb on His shoulders with his long hair and beard. But he really was a man's man. A carpenter by trade, he had to carry large pieces of wood on a daily basis and drive long nails into them. The thought of Him upturning the entire temple should make us understand that Jesus was meek but by no means was week. He has power that is indescribable and is the only super hero figure who actually has lived and still is living and here to save us.

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