Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Lent, Day 42, Tues., April 11th, 2017

Prince of Peace: From the Cradle to the Crown and Beyond
Holy Week: Holy Tuesday
Palm Sunday marked the beginning of Christ’s last week on earth. Yesterday, Holy Monday, we answered the question, “What did Jesus do the day after His triumphal entry into Jerusalem?” We concluded that there were four significant events: 1) Jesus cursed a fruitless fig tree (Mk. 11: 13-14; 20-26) and used the moment to teach His disciples about prayer; 2) Jesus cleansed or purified the Temple (Mt. 21: 12-13; Mk. 11: 15-17), which He had also done at the beginning of His public ministry (Jn. 12: 12-16); 3) Jesus continued to teach and to heal;, and, 4) The religious leaders made it their mission to find the opportunity to kill Jesus, because they were resentful and anxious that Jesus’ popularity was growing (Mk. 11:18).

What Did Jesus Do On The Tuesday After Palm Sunday?
Jesus and His disciples returned to Jerusalem, where Jesus was approached by the religious leaders as He strolled through the Temple courts. Impressed with their own power, they demanded to know from where and from whom Jesus acquired His authority, because they knew it didn’t come from them. Jesus replied to their question with one of His own: Was John’s baptism spiritual or secular. If they answered His question, He would answer theirs. The dutiful leaders whispered among themselves and realized they couldn’t give an answer without a backlash from the people. So Jesus wouldn’t answer their question, either, (Mk. 11: 27-33).
Once again, Jesus taught in the Temple, using parables, such as The Tenants/Renters of a Vineyard, (Mt. 21:33-46, Mk. 12: 1-12, Lk. 20: 9-19) ; and, The Wedding Banquet, (Mt. 22:1). Additionally, He taught on the subject of paying income taxes, a topic that we can relate to, (Mt. 22:15-22), admonished the Sadducees for denying the resurrection, (Mt. 22:23-33; Mk. 12:18-27), and confronted the Pharisees about the Messiah being a successor of David, questioning them about their belief that Messiah would be a human successor. Jesus quoted Psalm 110:1, noting that David attributed Deity to the Christ. Finally, He prophesied that the Temple and Jerusalem would be destroyed and provided His disciples with the signs of the (end) times, (Mt. 24; Mk. 13; Lk. 21). Furthermore, Jesus encouraged His disciples to persevere and to be prepared.

Blessings & Peace
Elizabeth Hogan Hayduk
Former Salvation Army Officer (pastor)

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