Unspeakable Joy Devotional

April 16th


Journey to the Cross. Last night I watched Jesus:His Life on the Dish History Channel 120 and I was surprised at how good it actually was. I didn’t check the schedule but I am sure it will run all week if you would like to watch it.

Matthew 21:12-22 “Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. “It is written,” he said to them, “My house will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a ‘den of robbers’.” The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them. But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple area, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they were indignant. “Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him. “Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read, ‘From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise?’ And he left them and went out to the city of Bethany where he spent the night.”

The morning after Palm Sunday, Monday, Jesus returned to Jerusalem. He arrived at the Temple and found the courts full of corrupt money changers. He began overturning their tables and clearing the Temple. Luke 19:46 “My Temple will be a house of prayer, but you have turned it into a den of thieves.”

Matthew 21:18-22 “Early in the morning, as he was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered. When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. “How did the fig tree wither so quickly?” they asked. Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to the mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea, and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

On Tuesday morning, Jesus and his disciples returned to Jerusalem and they passed the withered fig tree on their way, and Jesus spoke to them about the importance of faith.

Back at the Temple, the religious leaders were upset with Jesus for establishing himself as a spiritual authority. They organized an ambush with the intent to place him under arrest. Jesus evaded their traps and pronounced judgment on them.

Jesus left the Temple and went with his disciples to the Mount of Olives, which overlooks Jerusalem. Here Jesus gives the prophecy of the destruction of Jerusalem. He speaks in parables about the end time events, including His second coming and the final judgment. Matthew 21:23-24:51

This Holy Week fix your gaze steadily on Christ as he loves you to the uttermost.

We have all sinned and deserve God’s judgment. God, the Father, sent His Only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him. Jesus, the eternal Son of God, lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He died for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was buried and rose from the dead. If you truly believe and trust in your heart, receive Jesus along as your Savior, declaring “Jesus is Lord”, you will be saved from judgment and spend eternity with God in heaven. (allaboutGod)

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