Lenten Devotion: Palm Sunday
And Jesus entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold, saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer’; but you have made it a den of robbers.’” And he was teaching daily in the temple…..all the people hung upon his words.
Luke 19: 45-48
Thank you, God, that you sent your Son to live among men as a man. I praise the divine Jesus and am thankful for His Presence in my heart, but I identify with the human Jesus. Luke’s accounting of Jesus in the temple takes place after the triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Jesus sees the temple being used as a market for money changers and sale of sacrificial lambs and doves. Jews, who came from many countries with many different currencies, were being charged high interest rates and cheated. Jesus lost His temper, overturned tables, showed His anger.
I, too, become frustrated and angry. I want to say “Jesus, I understand how you feel. I’ve been there,” when it is He who understands how I feel. Of course Jesus rebounded faster than I do. He was soon preaching with such magnetism that crowds were gathering and listening. I enjoy a certain amount of pouting. But the important take away is connecting on a human level with the Son of God. Jesus laughs and cries, stubs his toe, makes friends and is betrayed by a friend. He gets cross and hungry, is soothed by a garden, loves and is loved. I think of the gospel hymn “What a Friend We Have In Jesus. Jesus knows our every weakness. Can we have a friend so faithful? Take it to the Lord in prayer.” I find great comfort in knowing that wherever I am, there Jesus is also. He understands my joy and grief, my worry and my gratefulness, my impatience, my despair.
Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.