Cleansing the Temple

Courtesy LDS Media Library

From the gospel accounts, it appears that the Savior entered the temple either on Sunday or Monday, to drive out the profiteers who were defiling its precincts with their hypocritical greed.

His boldness in confronting the political-religious machine of His day is stunning.

Divine conviction drove Him to stand up to what He knew was a sickening charade. He threw over tables and “seats” and would not suffer anyone to carry a vessel through the temple, declaring, “My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves” (see Matthew 21:12–16; Mark 11:15–19; Luke 19:45–48).

It must have been startling, this open challenge to corrupt authority. It is one of the things that led to his arrest, conviction, and death only days later.

I love studying and discussing Christ’s life because I know with all my heart that He is our Savior and Redeemer. You can easily study these events too with the help of the Church’s online gospel harmony.

One family home evening activity we have enjoyed over the years during Easter season is to lay pictures of Christ’s last week on the living room floor while helping the kids arrange them in order. (If you don’t have them already, you can find pictures here.) You might also enjoy Whitney Permann’s “Mad Monday” activities along with all her other Easter week activities.

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