LEARN TO LIVE, LIVE TO LEARN
“To know much and taste nothing-of what use is that?” ―St. Bonaventure of Bagnoregio
Holy Monday takes us into the beginning of an intense week for Jesus. There is so much more to uncover on this day.
On Holy Monday, Jesus cursed the fig tree, cleansed the temple, and talked about being lifted up and drawing all men to himself.
Act 1 - Jesus was hungry so he went to see if he might find something to eat on the fig tree from afar but found nothing on it but leaves. And in response, he cursed it. Jesus cursed the fig tree because it had the appearance of fruitfulness, but it was deceptive. It didn’t produce fruit. This falseness is the essence of hypocrisy. He used the tree in this story as a vivid depiction of it. Would the fruit of your life satisfy the hunger of Jesus? (Matt 21:12–13; Mark 11:15–18; Luke 19:45–48).
Act 2 - Jesus had entered the temple courts to find His Father’s house turned into a market filled with people who didn’t care about God but were taking advantage of those hearts who wanted to honor Him. When Jesus saw the livestock merchants and money changers making the temple of God into a place of commerce, He was filled with righteous anger. Christ had such a zeal and concern for the holiness and purity of God’s house that He refused to allow the obstruction and disruption of worship to continue. Jesus made a whip, started flipping tables and began to drive out those who were defiling the temple. What's stopping you from worshipping God? He might require a few tables in our lives to be flipped (Matt 21:12–17, Mark 11:15–19; Luke 19:45–48).
Act 3 - Thousands of pilgrims are ascending into Jerusalem to worship Yahweh and celebrate the Exodus deliverance at the Temple. John reports that seeking Greeks had come to worship as well. They have come from afar and they want to see him perform a miracle. Andrew and Philip take the request to Jesus, who gives them a seemingly cryptic answer.Jesus is not here to entertain the masses, fellowship with his family, or to partake of a feast. Jesus is here for a singular purpose: to gain eternal life for his people through his death. Do we seek Jesus for the right reasons? Are we coming to him because we love him or because we want something from Him? (John 12:20-33)
Jeff Jacinto, PhD, DHum