Holy Monday

March 25th 2024



Holy Monday

Following the triumphant entry of Palm Sunday, Monday would be different.

Jesus would not allow, neither then nor now, for people to believe in him on their own terms. Jesus, who was praised on Sunday, would reveal the error of their expectations on Monday.

He did not come to be a political prophet or a King of comfort to give them their best life now. But rather, he came to be the Savior of their souls.

For that reason, this was not going to be a meek and mild Monday.

The Father sent salvation to Israel, but they rejected his Son. And in just four short days, they would murder their Messiah.

So Monday was about signifying that judgment begins at home.

To demonstrate this, Jesus curses the barren fig tree, representing unrepentant Israel, who refuses to reap the fruit of repentance (Mark 11:12–14).

He then enters the temple, where the perversion of true worship overshadows the purpose of Passover (Mark 11:15–17).

In an act of judgment, Jesus cleanses the temple for the honor of his Father, who desires a people who worship him in spirit and truth.

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Dear Lord Jesus, it’s Monday of Holy Week, and we are tracing your steps; contemplating your divinely orchestrated path, as the events of that final week began to unfold. You knew the sovereign purpose for which you came. And you knew the fickle hearts of those who sang your praises on Palm Sunday but would cry out for your blood on Friday. Nothing was happening to you unexpectedly—you knew what was coming, and you willingly surrendered to the Father’s good pleasure.

In a matter of days, you would pay the supreme price for all who will trust in you. At the end of the week, you would be crushed under the holy wrath of God, purchasing redemption and salvation for a people from every single nation, tribe, people, and language—a number as great as the stars in the sky and the sand on the beaches.

It is for this very purpose you came from eternity and entered into time and space, the infinite becoming finite. It is for this very purpose that you emptied yourself by taking the form of a servant. It is for this very purpose that you humbled yourself and were obedient—even to the point of willingly dying on the cross.

And so Lord, as the events of our celebration of Holy Week now unfold, please grant us grace to survey the wonders of your cross, with greater awe, adoration, worship, and gratitude than ever before. May the anxiety and fears of our hearts be quieted and calmed. May we rest in the good and gracious hand of your providence.

In a time when many in our culture are rejecting and refusing, celebrating depravity and dismissing your cross, may our boasting in your gospel grow exponentially so. We pray this in the beauty and power of your most glorious name. Amen

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Author: Kevin Hay

Kevin Hay serves as one of the pastors of Redeemer Bible Church in Gilbert, Arizona. He is a DMin student in Expository Preaching at The Master’s Seminary and is the editor of the book Assurance: Our Confidence in Christ by Thomas Goodwin. Kevin and his wife, Alicia, have eight children: McKenna, Landon, Meela, Madison, Liam, Levi, Mariah, and Maylee.