Holy Week ~ The Death of Love Through Power and Greed

We love to judge the priests and Temple’s merchants.

Greetings Dear Reader,

We need to understand that the Jewish leadership in Jerusalem had verified that Jesus was performing miracles. When they knew of it, they questioned his methods and the source of his power. They ascribed his loving actions to evil.

Jesus has visited the vast celebration of Passover in Jerusalem with his family for decades. Once before he has driven the merchants from the Temple courts. The system in place to make sure only Temple coin goes into the Temple treasury also makes it quite costly to keep the Law of Moses regarding sacrifices. What is in place is a masterful plan by the leadership to extract money from the people by taxing everything and using only Temple coin at an exchange rate that is simply theft.

There are honest Pharisees and Sadducees who have come to Jesus privately and support him. They are in the minority. This leaves us with Jesus on the Monday of Holy Week confronting and clearing the merchants a second time in three years. When he does, it sets in motion the events that carry the remainder of the week.

This is the moment that the Temple priests decide to find a way to kill him. This is when they turn from the Father completely and their love for him is discarded for their love of power and authority. They have witnessed too much to deny who Jesus is. They choose to love their position over the truth.

Jesus will not die until Friday. His death begins here as the plan to kill him becomes active instead of just a desire. The leaders have seen how he was received the previous day. They know that he has the following of thousands of Jews. The people have welcomed him as King. Fear and greed push love from the hearts and minds of the Sanhedrin. This is the last day that begins without an actual plan to kill Jesus.

Lest we forget our place, we too sacrifice our love for Jesus because of fear and greed. We too choose anger and power over love. I am not innocent of this choice. Jesus died because of me just as much as because of the priests. I failed to love the Father properly every time I chose anything over Jesus. I sit with the guilty. The priests make a plan. Now all they need is some help. They will find it, Dear Reader.

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, “That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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We love to judge the priests and Temple’s merchants.



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