SCRIPTURE TO READ
15 And they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold and those who bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. 16 And he would not allow anyone to carry anything through the temple. 17 And he was teaching them and saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a den of robbers.” 18 And the chief priests and the scribes heard it and were seeking a way to destroy him, for they feared him, because all the crowd was astonished at his teaching. 19 And when evening came they went out of the city.
CHILDREN’S BIBLE READINGS (OPTIONAL)
- The Gospel Story Bible (pages 172-173)
APPLICATION: WHAT ABOUT YOU?
So, what about you?
This weekend millions of people around the world, from all nations, will gather for worship services in celebration of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. Easter Sunday is typically one of the most well attended church services of the year.
But today, let’s consider why we gather for worship this weekend, what motivates our hearts to be in a worship service with God’s people?
If your primary motivation is personal gain, or religious obligation, let Great and Holy Monday remind you that was never God’s intent.
Jesus looks over our culture and weeps because his heart is for people to know and genuinely walk with him.
So, if your motivation to attend a worship service this weekend is selfishly motivated, let Jesus turn over some tables in your heart. Let him remind you that his hope is for genuine worshipers to pray and experience the presence of God this weekend.
And when we remind each other of the gospel, when we rehearse the gospel story through song, and when we pray genuine prayers, that kind of worship will draw people from all nations into the presence of God. Our genuine worship – our churches response to the gospel – becomes a compelling picture for people exploring faith in Jesus.
This weekend, as we gather, may we prepare to worship in Spirit and in truth, and may our genuine worship draw people with false motives into the sincere love of our Savior.
Father, thank you for sending Jesus – for his life, his death and his resurrection. Thank you that we get to see his heart on display in both his grief and his righteous anger. Remind us this week of his sacrificial love for us that makes it possible to enter into your presence. This weekend as we gather for worship, purify my heart, turn over the tables of false motives, of tradition or obligation and instead allow me to enter into your presence with gratitude and joy. Let the words of my mouth, and the meditations [and motivations] of my heart be acceptable in your sight. And may our genuine worship this weekend result in more and more people coming to know your saving grace. Amen.
OPTIONAL FAMILY DISCUSSION GUIDE
- If Jesus never sinned, is it okay that he was angry? What is the difference between his anger and ours? (Jesus’ anger was righteous anger. He was defending God.)
- How do you feel knowing that people were angry at Jesus?
- Discuss as a family ways that you worship God. You can worship God through praying, singing, and reading the bible. This week as a family, find time to pray together, sing your favorite worship song, and read from your favorite story Bible.
“but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”