In THE SHACK, Mack asks Jesus, “Do all roads lead to you?” He answers, “No, not at all – most roads don’t lead anywhere. What I do mean to say is I will travel any road to find you.” That’s why he took the long road from northern Israel to the city, then the arduous path from Bethany to Bethpage, into the valley beneath the Mount of Olives and up into Jerusalem.
Yesterday we celebrated PALM SUNDAY. On the first day of the week Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, fulfilling the ancient prophecies. The crowd welcomed him with “Hosanna” and the words of Psalm 118:25-26. What happened today?
On Monday Jesus returned to Jerusalem and made his way to the temple. He shocked everyone by walking into the temple grounds and wreaking havoc. He overturned the tables, the money noisily falling on the stones, turtledoves flapping their wings to get away and everyone being thrown out……what was going on? Jesus declared, “My house shall be called a house of Prayer” but you have made it a den of robbers. We might ask ourselves what we turn Central into? Is it a house of prayer?
Jesus’ point? The temple was built to be the meeting point between humanity and God. Jesus says that the real temple from now on will not be any building. The temple is Jesus himself! In and through him we are connected to God! But the story continues….. “Do you not know that your bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit?” Yes! You and I are temples! God has redeemed us so that others may be connected to God through us.
I pray that each of you will have moments of stillness and silence this week to ponder and reflect on the road Jesus traveled for us during Holy Week!
P.S. What happens on Tuesday? Read Matthew 21:23-24:51; Mark 11:27-13:37 and Luke 20:1-21:36. It is a day of teaching!