Looking to Jesus

Looking to Jesus

Remembering the last week of Christ’s life is something we should reflect on more often. In this time leading up to Easter we can lament on His actions. We can look to His ways to inform our own. In this passage we see Jesus’ anger at what culture had turned the temple into. We can see His righteousness and so can the people He is speaking to. This is why the chief priests are angry. They fear how the people follow Him and listen to Him. The influence He shows is what we should aim to emulate. No matter what we do, when the word of God is spoken, we need to let it permeate our hearts. The world does not like this. When this happens power is deferred away from traditions. This is why we must not conform to the culture around us, but rather let our minds be renewed. (Romans 12:2) Instead we must look within to find what is at the heart of all we do.

On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’” The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching.

Mark 11:15-18 NIV

Considerations for your planner:

  • How do you stand boldly for what God is calling out of you? Write it down.

A Prayer for Our Community:

Dear Lord, please help us to stand in the same boldness You did. Help us to hear Your voice in all that we are called to. We pray that we can stand firmly against the ways of the world and lead others with the influence You empower us with. We trust You in all things, as we look to Your life to light the way for ours. In Your name we pray. Amen.

- Anonymous

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