Holy Week – Day 4
This was a very, very busy day for the Lord, especially in the teaching department.
We are so used to reading the Scriptures – especially the narratives (where an ongoing story is told) out of context, that we don’t realize the time frame of when particular miracles occurred, or as in this case, when Jesus told particular parables. We usually say, “Yes, Jesus told us the Parable of the Wedding Feast”, but do we know when Jesus told that parable. The timing may be quite significant.
So, this made me think: here’s Jesus – fully aware that this is the last week of His life as a human – knowing full well that in a few days He will be betrayed, abused, ignored, arrested, rejected, and crucified, yet with all that going on in His mind, Jesus is still determined to teach the people. I don’t know if I could’ve compartmentalized my life that well! What am I talking about?!! Of course I couldn’t have!! I will NEVER experience what Christ has experienced during those last few days of His life! This just reminds us once again, how much the Lord Jesus loves His children.
Hebrews 12:2-3 – “…fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
So, with that in mind, here’s what most scholars believe happened in the life of Jesus Christ on the Tuesday before His crucifixion:
1. (Some will say that…) As Jesus and the disciples reentered Jerusalem they saw that the fig tree that Jesus cursed was now withered (Mark 11:20-21). Others say that it happened all at the same time – yesterday (Matthew 21:19-22).
2. Jesus’ authority is questioned by the religious leaders. He answers their question with His own question (see Matthew 21:23-27), and that silences them.
3. Jesus teaches a number of Parables:
- Parable of the Two Sons – Matthew 21:28-32
- Parable of the Tenants or Vinedressers – Matthew 21:33-46
- Parable of the Wedding Banquet – Matthew 22:1-14
- Parable of the Ten Virgins – Matthew 25:1-13
- Parable of the Talents – Matthew 25:14-30
- Parable of the Sheep and the Goats – Matthew 25:31-46
4. The Pharisees question Jesus about paying taxes (“Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s”).
5. The Pharisees then question Jesus about Marriage after the Resurrection (Matthew 22:22-23; Mark 12:18-27; Luke 20:27-40).
6. Jesus is questioned about the ‘Great Commandment” (Matthew 22:35-40; Mark 12:28-34).
7. Jesus questions the religious leaders about the identity of ‘the Christ’. They respond, ‘The Son of David’, and Jesus then identifies Himself as the ‘Lord of David’. Again they are silenced. (Matthew 22:41-46; Mark 12:35-37; Luke 20:41-44).
8. Jesus shares the harsh (but true!) ‘Seven Woes’ to the religious leaders (Matthew 23:1-39; Mark 12:38-40; Luke 20:45-47).
9. Jesus speaks about the Widow’s Offering/the Widow’s Mite (Mark 12:41-44; Luke 21:1-4).
10. Jesus prophesies about the destruction of Jerusalem and the Lord’s coming (Matthew 24:1-51; Mark 13:1-37; Luke 21:5-36).
As you can see, not only was Jesus very busy and prophetic, but that the apostle John doesn’t say anything about the events on Tuesday. My only guess is that, since John’s Gospel came last, he knew that he didn’t need to talk about all of the events that Matthew, Mark and Luke already covered. Remember, almost half of John’s Gospel is about the last week of Jesus’ life, so obviously John had a lot of other things to talk about regarding Jesus’ last week that the other Gospel writers didn’t cover. And we will discover those extra things as we proceed through this week.