Overturned

Crowds swarmed the street
All classes
Men and women
Young and old
Even the religious leaders
Pious and curious
He was coming
Just a few days earlier
He had raised Lazarus from the dead
Many had witnessed it
Many spread the story
He was coming
Coming to Jerusalem
They thought Him to be King
They sought to crown Him
They ran before Him
Spreading palm branches
Shouting Hosanna
Shouting Blessed is He
Praising
Worshiping
The King is coming
What a glorious day

The Pharisees and Scribes looked on
They wondered at the sight
It troubled them
He troubled them
His words troubled them
The people worshiping troubled Him
They indeed were troubled
They said quiet the crowd
Tell them you should not be worshiped
But He looked them in the eye
His stern face looked through them
If they did not praise me
The very rocks would cry out Hosanna
The people cheered
The leaders jeered
This had to stop
This had to stop

The day wore on
The night came and went
A new dawn would see a new day
The leaders hoped he would be quiet
But soon they would see
He would not be silent
The marketplace was busy
Many had come to see him
Many others there for Passover
They needed a sacrifice
They had come to see Jesus
Unprepared for their Passover offering
Without a perfect lamb
Without a pigeon or two
They had to buy from the merchants
The crooked merchants
Who had unjust weights
And resold lambs over and over
It was profitable for them
It was sin to God
Right inside the gates of the temple
Absurd and astounding
That the religious leaders looked away
Because they got their take
Quite a sham
Out of what was to be holy

Jesus walked in
He knew their ways
He knew their deceit
He knew how they cheated the people
He knew of their unjust weights
He had been here before
He had turned over their tables
Money flew everywhere
Lambs ran wild
Pigeons flew away
As Jesus cleaned up their sinful ways
When they saw Him
Saw the look in His eyes
As He looked out over the market that day
They were worried
Concerned for their profit
Some for their lives
They remembered what He had done before
They started picking up their wares
Too late
Too slow

He grabbed one table
Flipped it on end
Reached over and unblocked the gate
Opened the cage
Chaos erupted
As He continued through the marketplace
Lambs and pigeons everywhere
Money flying off the tables
Scattering on the ground
People scrambling to pick it up
My house is to be a house of prayer He said
But you have made it a den of thieves
The people hailed Him
Loved Him
Adored Him
The Pharisees and scribes watched
They were livid
How dare He
How could He do this again
They were ready now
Ready to capture Him
Ready to put Him to death
Ready to gain the victory
Over this Jesus

What about you
Do you need sin overturned in your life
Has your life become full of lies
Is their iniquity that needs cleansed
Jesus wants to overturn your tables
He wants to cleanse your life
He wants you holy and pure
A living sacrifice
Devoted to Him
Are you willing
Are you ready
Let Him overturn your life today

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