Holy Monday

Consider this thought for a moment:

Knowing that Christ was fully God and fully man do you think some of his rage in the temple may have been a way of expressing his emotions of possibly fear or grief as he knew the torture and pain that awaited him at the cross?

When have you let these specific emotions, pain, fear, even grief, control your actions?

Now that you are muling that over let’s talk about Holy Monday. It’s often said that this is the day Jesus cleanses the temple and He certainly didn’t use lysol wipes if you know what I mean.

One time while serving at church camp I overheard a few teenage girls discussing what Jesus may have looked like. One of them turned to the other and said “ya know I think Jesus was probably hot. If I was God I would’ve made myself hot.” It was then when a middle aged lady, that I had befriended on our volunteer team, gasped and said “Did I just hear the words Jesus and Hot!? That is my Holy Lord!” Soon after, the whole dorm room of girls burst out in laughter and created a moment we’d never forget.

Mark 11:15-19 gives us an account of what went down in the temple that day, and I encourage you to take time to read this on your own.

Basically Jesus comes into the temple and instead of people praying and worshiping God He sees people selling goods and services like merchants. So it was then Jesus , our “Holy Lord”, starting flipping tables and chasing people out with a whip according to other gospel accounts. He then asked “Is it not written that my house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations? But you have made it into a den of robbers.”

(Mark 11:17)

After this “teaching moment” Jesus then goes out in search for a tree bearing good fruit since he was hungry. He comes across a fig tree, but the fruit isn’t fit to eat, leading him to curse it. Now this isn’t like the kind of cursing that we might do when we stub our pinky toe and let some less than holy words fly, Because of the power of God Jesus cursed this thing and it withered up and died. I mean that’s some wild stuff. When the disciples saw this they questioned Him and He then used this as a moment to teach his disciples again saying,

“ Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”

(Mark 11:23-25)

So back to my original question: when was a time your emotions got the best of you?

Do you think Jesus may have let himself be taken by his emotions in some of these moments? He knew what lied in store for him, and I am not doubting that he knew it fully and that he used each moment as a teachable one, as just shown to us. I couldn’t help but think, and I think deep down I long to think, that in the human qualities of Christ he carried the heaviness, the grief, the anger, and possibly many other emotions with him that week leading up to his death.

I know when I experience times of grief I tend to feel heavy and those feelings sometimes linger depending on the loss even after I’ve surrendered my situation to God. I lost three dear friends last year and I, unfortunately, know those emotions all too well. Not to give you too much of a “spoiler alert, but we later see in Luke 22:44 as Jesus prayed his agony was so great he sweat blood. (Many scholars and theologians have conversed over it was really blood, and although the sweat may have not been pure-blood we have reason to believe that it contained blood-like qualities.)

I think in some ways Jesus was a lot like us and his very real emotions may have very well led to his very real anger, so friends whatever you are going through this Easter season I encourage you to lay your emotions at the feet of Jesus. Because when it seems as if no one understands, trust me, He does.

Be sure to stay up to date this week with the rest of the readings as well as catch a fun podcast as I have the wonderful privilege to sit with this week’s writers and dive deeper into the true meaning of holy week and the Easter season.

I pray that you have a blessed Holy week, and that we all would remember that He is the reason for the season.

Written by Lexi Cannon

Lexi Cannon is from West Monroe, Louisiana and attends Louisiana Tech University. Lexi is a writer, videographer, amateur CrossFit athlete, and podcast host. Lexi is also the founder and creative director of Tux Productions a multimedia production company. You can hear Lexi and her guest on the Unpack It Podcast.


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