Russ Ramsey is a pastor at Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and the author of the Retelling the Story Book Series. He put together a helpful day-by-day walk through of Holy week. It includes a summary of what happened on each day and scriptures for more reading. Each day this week we will post the events of that day. Consider reading along by yourself or with your family.
If Jerusalem was a beehive, with his triumphal entry Jesus had hit it with a stick. You could hear the buzz grow as the anger within got organized. His kingly arrival was a strong declaration about his authority over all the conventions of man.
On Monday, Jesus returns for more—this time to declare the failure of God’s people to live up to their covenant mandate to be a blessing to the world. Much of what the Gospels tell us about Monday centers on the theme of Jesus’s authority—both over the created world and his right to judge it. Everything Jesus did, he did with authority. So when he awoke his disciples Monday saying he wanted to go back into Jerusalem to teach, as risky as it sounded it wasn’t surprising. Everyone sensed something stirring, as if Jesus had rounded a corner and his end was coming fast. He was a marked man.