In our quest to follow Christ, we come to the eleventh chapter of the book of Mark. While much of Jesus’ early life and ministry was set in the northern parts of Israel, the Galilee, his destiny lay in Jerusalem. Mark 11 as well as Matthew 21, Luke 19 and John 12 all tell the story of Jesus’ last entrance into the holy city of God that would lead to his crucifixion and resurrection.
Jesus comes to get his father’s house in order. To get one’s house in order or to put one’s house in order is a saying that means one has taken care of business, handled their affairs, and is prepared to die.
The prophet Isaiah was given a message from God for King Hezekiah as recorded in the book of 2 Kings 20:1 “In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, “This is what the LORD says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.”
Jesus lived in a house in Nazareth growing up; he was headquartered in a house in Capernaum for much of his earthly ministry; but the house that Jesus puts in order in this gospel episode is his father’s house, the Temple of God in Jerusalem. He had first visited that house when he was eight days old and Simeon and Anna had miraculously recognized the baby as the Messiah of God. Jesus had stayed in that house as a twelve year old when he missed the family caravan back to Nazareth because he was so immersed in the teachings of the rabbis at the Temple compound. You may recall how his parents search for him for three days until finding him in the Temple back in Jerusalem. When asked by his mother why he had done such a thing, Jesus responded, “Didn’t you know I had to be in my father’s house?” or the KJV renders it “about my father’s business” Luke 2:49.
God doesn’t often give people the revelation of when they will die, but the Bible is very clear in Hebrews 9:27, “. . . people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment.”
As we follow the path of Christ in Mark chapter 11, we find four great insights about getting our house in order; that is getting our lives in order to meet the Lord.