Easter Bible Story: Jesus Cleanses the Temple

The day after Jesus came to the city on a donkey, he went to the temple. He was not happy with what he found. There were people inside the temple selling and buying things. The scriptures say that, “Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves.” He then told the people, “It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.” After he cleansed the temple and cleared everyone out it says that “the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them.”

Temples are sanctuaries like we learned in our temple video. A safe place. They are sacred places where we pray, learn, and find peace even healing for our souls like he healed the sick. I love the temple. I love the feeling I receive when I go to the temple. One early morning, I went to the Salt Lake Temple, I was feeling a darkness that is hard to explain, but I knew it wasn’t good and I didn’t want to feel it so I went to the temple and as soon as I walked through the doors of the temple, I immediately felt that cloud of darkness lift and light and peace fill me up inside. I had an incredible experience that day in the temple. I know it is God’s house. He has been there. He loves us and wants us to find peace in his holy house. I am grateful that Jesus cleared the money changers out of the temple and today he has given us temples around the world to bless his children, to help us find rest, serve our ancestors, make covenants with God, and give us light to cast out the darkness.

Additional Resources

Here is a video we made last year about the importance of temples with a fun object lesson with soap and pepper that you can do at home!

8-Day Holy Week Easter Egg Hunt Printable

Did you download this week’s countdown? Have your child color in today’s egg and picture of the donkey. Tomorrow just scan the code and go to Day 7 to learn about how Jesus cleansed the temple.

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