Yesterday we looked at the cleansing of the temple in Mark 11. On Tuesday Jesus went back to the Temple to teach, and his authority is hotly disputed by the Pharisees. Jesus later leads his Disciples to the Garden of Gethsemane, which is located at the foot of the Mount of Olives. It was here that Jesus delivered what has become known as the Olivet Discourse, the last of the 5 great discourses recorded in the Gospel of Matthew (Matt 24)
It was also on this day it is recorded that Jesus wept over Jerusalem, and also Judas conspired to betray Jesus.
It was a time of great sadness and yet a time of great joy. Sadness in looking at the state that Jerusalem had become, but joy in that he could teach his Disciples further before the end.
How are we affected by things, are we happy or sad, I must admit to being a little of both. Sad that we have not been able to gather together to share Easter, in some of our churches, but happy that we have needed to find new ways of being church in the period we have been in lockdown, and as such can still be reflective and worshipful in our time of isolation. There is much online that we can see and hear. For those who do not have such things, there is worship on TV, Songs of Praise, and other things while we celebrate this Easter period. God is good all the time, and this is something we need to remember.
It also gives time to reflect on Holy Week,
Wednesday was thought to be a day of rest. Use this day well, reflect on what has happened, and look towards the days to come.
Pastor Sean Worsley, The Methodist Church Norwich Circuit