Holy Week continued

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Posted on 09 Jul 2015 06:16

Tuesday, March 31, 2015


Please read the following:

St. Mark 11:20 – St. Mark 13: 37

This may seem like a lot of reading but it really isn’t that much and it is necessary to fully understand what happened on the last Tuesday before our Lord was crucified.

Holy Week continued

On Tuesday morning of Holy Week, Jesus and his disciples returned to the Temple in Jerusalem. On their way to Jerusalem they passed the fig tree that Jesus had cursed the day before. Jesus used the withered fig tree to teach them about faith.

At the Temple, the religious leaders aggressively challenged Jesus' authority, attempting to ambush Him and create an opportunity for His arrest. But Jesus evaded their traps and pronounced harsh judgment on them. He said, "Blind guides! … For you are like whitewashed tombs—beautiful on the outside but filled on the inside with dead people's bones and all sorts of impurity. Outwardly you look like righteous people, but inwardly your hearts are filled with hypocrisy and lawlessness…Snakes! Sons of vipers! How will you escape the judgment of hell?"
(Matthew 23:24-33)

Tuesday afternoon Jesus left the city and went with His disciples to the Mount of Olives, which overlooks Jerusalem due east of the Temple. This is the location from which Jesus gave the Olivet Discourse. The Olivet Discourse is a prophecy about the destruction of Jerusalem and the end of the age. In this discourse, Jesus taught in parables about end-times events, including His Second Coming and the final judgment.

Scripture indicates that Tuesday was the day Judas Iscariot negotiated with the Sanhedrin to betray Jesus. (Matthew 26:14-16)

After a long and tiresome day of confrontation with the religious leaders and warnings about the future, Jesus and the disciples stayed the night in Bethany.

These events are recorded in all four Gospels but for this blog I have chosen the account as recorded in Mark 11:20 – 13:37.

Dr. J. M. Wooten

It should be noted that the exact order of events during Holy Week is debated by Bible scholars. This timeline represents an approximate outline of major events as I interpret them. JMW

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