This was sent to me by a friend of mine, Chris Lowery.
So what happened 1,978 years ago this week?
Well, Jesus has already presented himself to the nation as the Messiah by triumphantly entering Jerusalem to shouts of “Hosanna.” (Matthew 21:1-9, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-44, John 12:12-19). He cursed the fig-tree (Mark 11:12-14) and he also cleansed the Temple from corrupt money-changers (Matthew 21:10-19, Mark 11:15-18, Luke 19:45-48).
The following happened on Tuesday of Passion Week:
- The cursed fig-tree is found withered (Mark 11:20-26)
- Jesus personally confronts the authorities and defends His claims to be the Messiah. The Sanhedrin challenges Jesus and He answeres in parables. (Matthew 21:23-22:14, Mark 11:27-12:12, Luke 20:1-19).
- Jesus answers question about Caesar and taxes (Matthew 22:15-22, Mark 12:13-17, Luke 20:20-26).
- The Sadducees question Jesus about the Resurrection (Matthew 22:23-33, Mark 12:18-27, Luke 20:27-40).
- The Pharisees ask Jesus which commandment is the most important of all (Matthew 22:34-40, Mark 12:28-34).
- Jesus recognizes the widow’s gift (Mark 12:41-44, Luke 21:1-4).
- On the return to Bethany, the disciples continued to ask questions. Jesus stops at the Mount of Olives across from the temple complex and provides detailed prophecy about the coming destruction of Jerusalem and the temple due to the rejection of Him as Messiah by the Jewish authorities (Matthew 24:1-25:46, Mark 13:1-37, Luke 21:5-36).
- Judas Iscariot contracts with the chief priests (Matthew 26:24-26, Mark 14:10-11, Luke 22:3-6).
“It’s Tuesday, but Sunday is coming!”