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Final Week — Tuesday Afternoon

“As the long day of confrontation and teaching comes to an end, Jesus tells his disciples that his death is only two days away.  Aware that the festival is almost upon them, the chief priests and elders are anxious to have Jesus killed before that time.  Even as they plot how to snare Jesus, they are approached by Judas Iscariot, one of Christ’s chosen disciples.

Judas has decided to betray Jesus, and has therefore come to bargain with the members of the council.  The amount agreed to is 30 pieces of silver (which at this time is the approximate price of a slave).  Judas is apparently both covetous and dishonest — this despite the fact that he has been acting as a kind of treasurer for the disciples.”

Read:  Matthew 26:1-5;14-16, Mark 14:1-2;10-11, Luke 22:1-6

Final Week — Wednesday

“There is strong evidence that the last supper takes place on the evening prior to the Day of Preparation, which by modern reckoning would be Wednesday night.  Proceeding upon that assumption, the events associates with this final Wednesday include not only Jesus’ last public teaching, but also the account of Peter and John finding the upper room and making preparations for the Passover celebration.”

Read:  Luke 21:37-38, John 12:37-50, Matthew 26:17-19, Mark 14:12-16, Luke 22:7-13

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

The Triumphant Entry — Sunday

“The Festival of the Passover is near, and the time has come for Jesus to be delivered up.  No Jewish festival is more important to the Jewish people, and no festival could be more appropriate for the culmination of Jesus’ life and ministry.  On the Passover, the paschal lamb is slain, just as it was at the beginning of the exodus, at which time its blood was sprinkled over the doors of the Israelites.  As the perfect lamb of God, Jesus himself is about to be slain for the salvation of all who would recognize and accept the power in his blood.

Even as Jesus approaches Jerusalem, his enemies are plotting his death.  But the suffering will not come until Jesus has entered the city in triumph.  Riding on a lowly colt, Jesus is met by multitudes who shout praise to God for having sent this ‘great prophet’ in whom they now believe.  Jesus knows, however, that most of them still do not understand the true nature of his messiahship and deity, and that there are many more who still do not believe in him at all.”

Read:  John 12:12-19, Matthew 21:1-11;17, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:29-44

Final Week — Monday

“On the next day, Jesus’ popularity is still at a high peak, and children sing his praises as if to thank him for his continual remembrance of them.  In a contrasting mood of the day, an incident almost identical to one recorded by John at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry is recorded — that is, the throwing out of the temple merchants.  It may just be that Jesus is taking this last opportunity to purify the temple.

Jesus now speaks freely of his pending crucifixion and makes a special effort to explain its purpose.  There are many who still disbelieve, but even their disbelief is the fulfillment of prophecy.”

Read:  Matthew 21:12-19, Mark 11:12-16;18-19, Luke 19:45-48, John 12:20-36

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

The Final Journey

“Surely it is a constant source of discouragement to Jesus — even in these last days, and after repeated lessons on humility — that his disciples are still seeking personal glory in the kingdom.  Even now the apostles continue to think only in terms of an earthly kingdom.  Even now the apostles continue to think only in terms of an earthly kingdom.  Jesus admonishes them once again, pointing to the spiritual nature of his kingdom and to the need for humility and service.

There is at least one person who already seems to understand about Jesus’ mission and his call for humility.  That person is Mary, the sister of Lazarus.  As Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem comes to an end, the Gospel accounts tell the beautiful story of Mary anointing Jesus with precious ointments.  It will be a touching prelude to the brutal events of the final week.”

Read:  Matthew 19:3-30, Mark 10:2-52, Luke 18:15-43, Matthew 20:17-34, Luke 19:1-28, John 11:55-57, Matthew 26:6-13, Mark 14:3-9, John 12:1-11

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.
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