Monday of Passion Week

Yesterday was Palm Sunday, the day when Jesus made his Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem. Matthew 21:10 reveals to us that when Jesus entered Jerusalem, “the whole city was stirred.” Many in the crowd, who were waving palm branches and shouting “Hosanna in the highest,” (Matthew 21:9) would turn against Jesus and would shout “crucify him” (Matthew 27:23) only a few days later. Mark tells us that after Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, he went to the temple and “looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve” (Mark 11:11).

Mark 11:12 tells us that on the next day they left Bethany, (“the next day as they were leaving Bethany”…) And then in 11:15, Mark records, “On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there.” According to Mark’s Gospel, the clearing of the temple took place on Monday.

Mark 11:15-18 (NIV): 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.

In the evening Jesus and the Twelve leave Jerusalem and return to Bethany (Mark 11:19). It is likely that Jesus spent the night at the home of his friends; Mary, Martha and Lazarus. It was Lazarus that Jesus had raised from the dead after four days (John 11:38-44).

According to the Gospels, these events took place on Monday of Passion Week.



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