When you ask somebody what Jesus’ mission was when he came to the Earth and sacrificed himself on the cross, the typical response is, “To cleanse us of our sins and give us a place in heaven.” While this is completely (120%) true, this doesn't express fully the level of commitment He made to the people of the church. His mission far surpassed His fate of persecution of the cross. God saw that the people of His kingdom needed guidance and He delivered. From day one, He has looked over us and created us in His divine image.
"God created human beings; he created them to be godlike, reflecting God's nature. He created them male and female. God blessed them: 'Prosper! Fill the Earth!'" Genesis 1:26,28
This unending love lead to Jesus’ coming back. God saw the despair; complete chaos broke out on every corner of the Earth. God saw Earth, His temple, being filled with sin and corruption, so He sent His son to set things right- the ultimate blessing and restoration. His coming back and persecution was more than cleansing us of sins. His mission was to be the Creator, Sustainer, Teacher and Reconciler and to build a relationship with His people. The most prominent of the four roles was to be a reconciler; to bare love and joy and to put into right relationship the people of the cross.
"They arrived at Jerusalem. Immediately on entering the Temple Jesus started throwing out everyone who had set up shop there, buying and selling. He kicked over the tables of the bankers and the stalls of the pigeon merchants. He didn't let anyone even carry a basket through the Temple. And then he taught them, quoting this text: My house was designated a house of prayer for the nations; You've turned it into a hangout for thieves." (Matthew 21:12-13)
On Holy Monday, Jesus walked into the temple and saw the exploitation of a place intended for worship. When I read this story, and remember this part of Holy week, I imagine that this is a window into the reaction of God when He looked down on His Earth, that He had created with the intention of being a place of worship and recognition of His unconditional love, turning to corruption and greed.
The story of Holy Monday is a beautiful opportunity to reflect on and recognize the holiness of every corner of the Earth. It is a reminder that this is God’s temple- He created us and the Earth with the intent of worship and to give Him glory in any way possible. Jesus came down to remind us of God’s gift- He made it His mission to teach us we must represent Him in all we do. Jesus says;
Stop bringing meaningless offerings. Seek justice and encourage the oppressed.
I hope that your Holy Week is filled with reflection on all God has offered us. It is important to remember the justice, teachings, realities, love and humility that Jesus brought to His people. Remember to take time out of your week and thank God for His deliverance of our needs.
When I am alone with God, I see that He is really all I have. And really all I need.
Tomorrow we'll continue our journey to Easter here on our blog, so please come join us again.