I skipped Wednesday, but Jesus didn’t.
The bible doesn’t say so much about what he did this day, but we know he was idle or quiet.
Mark 14:3-9 accounts Jesus going to a lepers house!
This is a person with a horrible skin disease.
People with leprosy would have been outcasted in that society.
Even just a couple day before He were to go to the cross He made a point to show why He came, for the outcast, the lost, lonely, any and all who would let Him in!!
That’s great news!
While he was at this lepers home a woman came and and poured a very expensive ointment on Jesus.
NO this wasn’t a weird moments where she just walks in and randomly dumps something on His head like Gatorade on a coach after a winning game…
This was a very holy, beautiful moment of a woman taking her very best and pouring it out to Jesus.
The disciples (and probably not even the woman) fully understood what was taking place.
Some of the disciples got upset saying that she was wastful, but Jesus knew different.
Something brought before and poured out before Jesus is never wasted, its worship!
Jesus declared what was really happened, this woman without even realizing it was preparing Jesus for his death and burial.
It’s amazing how God will use things that we pour out in ways that we can’t even imagine!
She didn’t know all that was about to happen.
But she was faithful with what had and God was doing more than she could imagine.
Today, what can you bring to Jesus.
We get in such a habit sometime of bringing Him our leftovers.
Sunday isn’t treated like our first day its more of our last and its after a long week and we come to church because we feel we should.
We throw a few dollars His way when we have it left.
We will service if it’s convenient.
But what could God really do through us if instead of our last and least we trust and worshiped Him with our first and Best!
Things will begin to happen that we don’t even see yet!
But in this moment, Judas who heart was not right, couldn’t understand this concept.
All he could see was waste. He got his eyes off the one worthy of true worship.
Judas went from the lepers house in this holy moment to meet with the religious leaders and betrayed Jesus.
He sold him out for a little bit of money.
How often can we be like Judas and sell out what worth it for whats now?
This leads us to Thursday…
Thursday is Jesus last free day on this earth before he goes to the cross.
On Thursday Jesus understand that his time had almost come so he gathers his disciples together for one last dinner together.
At this dinner we see Jesus began what we still do today through communion, he taught his followers to gather together partake of the bread and wine and remember all that He was about to do.
He wanted to make sure that they and we never forget the purpose and passion for which he was going to suffer and die. He did so for our redemption!
From the last Supper they took a small walk to the side of the Mount of Olives where there was a garden called Gethsemane.
At the garden Jesus broke off by himself to spend time with God.
In deep prayer and anguish Jesus is confronted with the reality of what is about to happen.
He tells his disciples “My soul is very sorrowful even to death Remain here and watch”
He prays “Father is there is there is any other way, please remove this cup from me, yet not my will but yours be done!”
That is such a hard prayer and one that we all have to pray.
God not my will but yours, because I know that yours is best.
Jesus returns from prayer and find his disciples asleep, not once but twice!
Today no matter what is thrown your way, know that Jesus willingly suffered and subjected himself so that you could find life and freedom.
Have to faith to pray God will over your life and situation.
Don’t be asleep today!
But give God your very best and see what he will do.
We can be encouraged and challenged by Paul in Ephesians 3:10-14:
Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. 11Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them. 12It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret. 13But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them, 14for the light makes everything visible. This is why it is said,
“Awake, O sleeper,
rise up from the dead,
and Christ will give you light.”
God I will do all that I can, and trust you to do what only you can, here is my best and my all. (thats what Jesus have for us)
And the best thing, Tacos. Taco Tuesday is amazing.
But you also realize that your not even halfway through the week.
The weekend is wore off.
Sometimes sleeping in can seem more exciting on a Tuesday than anything.
And if we could think of anyone who would have reason to do this it would have been Jesus.
Today is another day closer to the cross. To his incredible suffering. To his eventual death.
YES thank God resurrection, but brutal death first.
Have you ever had the question would you rather know the day or way your would die?
Jesus knew both and didn’t sleep in!
He had work to do, he was finishing strong. For You and ME!
Jesus was busy on Tuesday. Read the full account in Matthew 21:18 – Chapter 25
This was a Busy day for Jesus.
He started off by heading back to the Temple where he was on Monday and has just cleared out. (that took bravery!)
The day starts off and immediately he is stopped by the religious leaders (remember he made them mad yesterday) and is questioned about where he gets his authority for what he teaches. (Matt 21:23-27)
Isn’t that about right, We\’ve had those days when we are determined for it to be production and then that person comes along…
At this point Jesus begins a series of teachings that lasts most of the day as he travels and has some of the greatest insight we can gain.
He challenges them with some deep stories, thwarts attacks aimed at him by the pharisees and religious leaders, teaches on the greatest commandment and then begins to rebuke the leaders and give prophesies about what was to come.
Jesus prophesies about the destruction that would come to Jerusalem (which came to pass in AD70) and the end times depicting a time when those who have followed him would be granted eternal life and those who didn’t would be cursed into an eternal fire that was prepared for Satan.
Sandwiched right between these prophesies, are two parables.
The Parable of the 10 Virgins and the parable of the talents.
In the parable of the virgins Jesus is making a plea to people to stay ready.
We never know when the day or time when our life on earth is up so we must be prepared.
I have heard the Parable of the Talents is taught a lot.
I find it interested where Jesus teaches it. In the middle of all of the prophesies and just a few days before he would die.
This is no accident.
In this parable Jesus is wanting people to understand and be motivated by the value that they were created with.
We are all created entrusted with life.
Only one life.
What we do with that life is up to us, but Jesus makes clear that the choice that we make determine the path that we take.
Will we squander the life that we have, wasting in on things that don’t matter. Living with no meaning, burying it in the sand?
Or will we take this life and do all that we can to make the most of it.
We are really good at comparing our lives to others and noticing all of the other abilities, money, opportunity and every other reason someone else life is better.
But its not the portion of life that you are given but the purpose and passion for which you live it that matter.
So what’s in your hand today.
Your money, ability, time, position, influence, etc…
Don’t look at it with contempt but with determination to use it the greatest you can to faithfully pursue and promote the one who has faithfully pursued you.
So today on Tuesday, when the weekend doesn’t seem in sight and you can think that Tacos is your highlight, let Jesus’ teachings inspire and encourage you.
You were created for a time and with a purpose.
Your life was created with eternity in mind, live it with that same perspective.
Be determine to make your life count.
We don’t know when its all over and we don’t know exactly whats to come.
But whether Jesus comes back or I go meet him first, I want to be found having done the most with what he gave me.
Paul puts a nice bow on this thought for us in Ephesians 5:15-20
15 So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. 16 Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. 17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. 18 Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, 19 singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. 20 And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
It’s Tuesday and Jesus is one day closer to the cross, one step closer to paying the ultimate sacrifice for us.
He didn’t sleep in, He made the most of every day he had.
Lets do the same.
Thank God for all you have, Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you and lead to to make the most of every moment you have.
Yep, It’s MONDAY.
Yesterday was Palm Sunday! The day we remember Jesus entering Jerusalem and being exalted and declared as King. The People were laying down Palm Branches in honor of the Messiah!
What and incredible sight that must have been!
This week is referred to as Holy Week, the week leading up to and culminating in the brutal execution by Hanging on a Cross, burial and Resurrection of Jesus.
Today is Monday – and the Journey continues to the cross.
On Monday Jesus went into the Temple to pray and found something disturbing.
The temple had been turned into Market to take advantage of people.
This was the Jewish passover time when Jews from all over would come to make their sacrifices in the temple.
If they didn’t bring something that the priests deemed acceptable they would send them to the market they had set up to buy one, the priests got their cut of the profit of course.
Instead of it being a place for people to pray, it became a place where people were preyed upon.
Jesus’ passion for his fathers house consumed him when he saw this and he began to drive out all of the people who were selling and trading the in court!
Imagine this sight!
Jesus entered to pray and teach instead he was kicking people out!
The scripture says he wouldn’t let anyone carry anything through the temple.
He had enough.
Man! He was bold and daring.
(Read this account in Mark 11:15-19)
So…. this is Monday.
A day we are normally wiping the sleep out of our eyes all day, trying to pretend its not here and still wishing it was the weekend.
But what if we began to do some temple cleansing today.
No we don’t have a temple we go to like they did and no I’m not trying to get people to come and clean the church… (although if you want to help….)
Since Jesus’ sacrifice for us, Paul give us a new perspective on the temple.
1 Corinthians 3:16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?
WE are the Temple!!
Not a building. We house the presence of God.
So then my question is, What cleansing needs to be done in our temple today?
Are there some things going on inside of us that is counter to what God is wanting to do in us?
David prayed this prayer in Psalms 26:2
Cross-examine me, O Lord, and see that this is so; test my motives and affections too.
Today invite Jesus in to examine you.
Allow Him in to examine your motives, thoughts, your passions, your character…every area.
Determine today to cleanse out the areas that shouldn’t be there.
No matter how life looks today, let Jesus in.
He still has passion for the temple-and that’s you.
Today is Monday, let’s do some spring cleaning. Cleanse the Temple.