it will be messy.
and in depth.
I will be digging deep.
For today I just wanted to wrap up the first few days that started this passion week off.
The week began with Jesus riding in on a donkey to Jerusalem, crowds gathered, they cheered, they praised him, and they laid a 'carpet' of palm branches and clothes on the ground before him.
(one thing that I'd never thought before on this, and in my studies I read that we have to remember that during this time there wasn't a mass way to make clothes, the people didn't have a closet full of clothes - so it was kind of a big deal to lay out the clothes on the ground and have them walked on [by a donkey for that matter...] )
Jesus and his disciples stayed at night during this part of the week outside of the town, in a small town called Bethany. Jesus more than likely stayed with some of his friends; Mary, Martha & Lazarus.
Monday-Jesus went into the temple and drove out the money changers and got on to the people that were there, who were mis-using thing temple. He told them "My house will be a called a house of prayer, but you are making it a den of robbers."
when Jesus was walking to the city he was hungry- he saw a fig tree and didn't find any fruit only leaves. he then said to it "May you never bear fruit again!" and the tree immediately withered.
At the temple the religious leaders challenged Jesus' authority and attempted to create an opportunity to arrest him. ... Jesus evaded their traps and pronounced harsh judgment on them.
Tuesday afternoon Jesus left the city and went with his disciples to the Mount of Olives, which overlooks Jerusalem due east of the Temple. Here Jesus gave the Olivet Discourse an elaborate prophecy about the destruction of Jerusalem and the end of the age. He taught in parables using symbolic language 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).
The Bible doesn't say what the Lord did on Wednesday of Passion Week.
Scholars speculate that after two exhausting days in Jerusalem, Jesus and his disciples spent this day resting in Bethany in anticipation of the Passover.... but just speculation.
Please stay tuned for the rest of the story- We've only done part of the week! We will take a look at the Last Supper next!