The day of questioning
Just like you and I, Jesus faced adversity. One of the post paralysing challenges anyone faces is being told you are not good enough or that it is not your place – having your authority challenged. The Saviour too experienced this on several times including this day.
“¶ And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority?”Matthew 21:23-27
Realising that however He answered they would be critical, He chose to simply close the question with “Neither tell I you by what authority”
There were also attempts to trip up the Saviour on points of law. Such as giving tribute to Cæsar or the marrying of widows. These are recorded in Matthew
“Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Cæsar, or not? But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? They say unto him, Cæsar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Cæsar the things which are Cæsar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s. When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.”Matthew 22:17-22
The motive for all these questions, was seemingly to provoke Jesus to say, or do something that would support the accusations that the scribes and pharisees would soon make. The reality was He had already been deemed guilty before a trial had even been set. Any evidence gathered now, would just make the outcome easier to sell.
As the day progressed the Saviour with his disciples went to the Mount of Olives where he taught those gathered in his customary style of parables. He spoke of the impending fall of the temple in Jerusalem. How much the disciples knew or understood of his death and promised return is unclear, but they knew enough to ask when these events would take place. This following verse continues to be seen as “signs of the times” to be fulfilled before Jesus Christ returns.
“And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.”Matthew 24
As Jesus Christ continues to teach His followers, one thing becomes clear—Jesus has a deep knowledge and love of the scriptures. Throughout the week, Jesus often quotes the very scriptures He’s fulfilling. For those who listen, prophecies that were by then hundreds of years old become powerful and new. Suddenly, the scriptures don’t seem so ancient. With the help of Jesus Christ, they see that the word of God does not have an expiration date. No matter what era we live in, we can find peace in the powerful parallels between the scriptures and our own lives.Easter Day-By-Day #BecasueOfHim
There are dozens of other scriptures and books written about the events leading up to Easter weekend. I write to create posts that will supplement your own studies not substitute them. Feel free to add insights you have gained in the comments.
Todays music track is an acoustic guitar cover of “Abide with me” played by me and accompanied by a video I compiled from bible video stills. The principal purpose of Easter week is for us to grow closer to Jesus and make us want him to abide with us.
Because of the Resurrection, Jesus Christ lives. Because of Him, you can overcome sin and experience everlasting joy. A short and simple video that shares what we have #BecauseOfHim
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