Holy Week – Tuesday

On the walk from Bethany to Jerusalem the curse of the fig tree is explained.

Tuesday comes as a day of great confrontation with the religious leaders assembled in Jerusalem. By way of parables, Jesus point out that the leaders’ predecessors have always rejected God’s messengers and that now they themselves are rejecting even the Son of God.  This angers the Pharisees and they attempt to trap Jesus into making some statements by which they can have him arrested.

The Pharisees are then joined in their questioning by the Sadducees, who are equally threatened by Jesus’ teachings.  Despite their differences, the two religious sects are willing to work together to rid themselves of the Galilean trouble maker.

Upon leaving the temple mount – and progressing to the Mount of Olives, Jesus predicts the destruction of the temple in just 40 short years as well as the signs of end of the age and the need to be watchful, faithful, and spiritually ready.

As the long day comes to an end, Jesus tells his disciples that his death is only two days away.  The plot to kill Jesus is already underway.

What happened on Tuesday?

DAY EVENT MATTHEW MARK LUKE JOHN
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
Enters temple 11:11
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
Tuesday Disciples see the withered fig tree on the return to Jerusalem 21:20–22 11:20–21
Temple controversies in Jerusalem 21:23–23:39 11:27–12:44 20:1–21:4
Olivet Discourse on the return to Bethany 24:1–25:46 13:1–37 21:5–36

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