After his triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, Jesus made his way to the temple on Monday. Malachi 3:1 foretold of this day, “The Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple.” The holy one would make his way to the holy place. But what happens if that place is no longer holy?
Jesus came and found money-changers and sellers looking to make a profit. In the zeal of the Lord, he drove them out and overturned their tables (Matthew 21:12). While so doing he quoted Isaiah 56:7, “My house shall be called a house of prayer, but you make it a den of robbers” (Mathew 21:13). Jesus was present to restore the worship of God.
When worship drifts from its original intention and is twisted into a means for gain, how can it be restored? The cross and resurrection of Christ were aimed at restoring the true worship of God. The answer to Monday’s dilemma is Friday and Sunday. No more pigeons will need to be bought or sold. No more profits will be made on sacrifices, for the sacrifices will cease. No more high priests will need to be appointed in their weakness. The temple itself would fall into irrelevance because the one who is greater than the temple is finally here (Matthew 12:6).