Following the triumphal entry on Sunday, Jesus’ popularity is still high. As Jesus leaves Bethany he places a curse on an unfruitful fig tree, an incident which he will explain later. Children sing his praises as if to thank him for his continual remembrance of them. Matthew, Mark and Luke record Jesus’ throwing out the temple money changers as Jesus takes the last opportunity to cleanse the temple. Enraged as they must be, the merchants and the money changers, like the religious leaders, fear the people and will bide their time.
Jesus speaks freely about his crucifixion and makes a special effort to explain its purpose. There are many who still disbelieve and as John points out, even their disbelief is a fulfillment of prophecy. At evening he returns to Bethany.
What happened on Monday?
|Friday/Saturday||Jesus arrives in Bethany||12:1|
|Mary anoints Jesus||12:2–8|
|Crowd comes to see Jesus||12:9–11|
|Sunday||Triumphal entry into Jerusalem||21:1–11||11:1–10||19:28–44||12:12–18|
|Some Greeks seek Jesus||12:20–36|
|Returns to Bethany||21:17||11:11|
|Monday||Jesus curses the fig tree||21:18–19||11:12–14|
|Clears the temple||21:12–13||11:15–17||19:45–46|
|Returns to Bethany with the Twelve||11:19|