In His final week of ministry leading up to the Cross, Jesus got the most out of every minute He had.
After a busy Monday where He cleared the temple, Jesus went back to Bethany, where He spent the night, only to return to the same temple courts Tuesday morning to teach His disciples.
Tuesday is a preparation day. This is His last day in public before His trial and crucifixion and He has many final words to impart to His followers. Much of His teaching comes in response to the increasing onslaught from the religious leadership, who are desperately trying to find a way to silence Him once and for all.
It’s important to note that Jesus doesn’t prepare the path for us, but He prepares us for the path.
Jesus prepares us for…
Not only did Jesus face opposition, but He told His followers that we would too (see Matthew 5:11; 10:17-22). Indeed as Jesus sat in the temple courts teaching on this Tuesday, group after group of religious leaders attacked Him (Matthew 21:23; 22:15, 23, 34-35). There are many lessons we can learn, but here are a few important takeaways:
- Answer entrapping questions with a question of your own.
- You don’t have to answer everything people ask you.
- Either-or questions probably need a both-and answer.
- The better we know the Scriptures, the better we can know those both-and answers.
- Consider the source of the questioner.
- We shouldn’t have an unhealthy obsession with nonessential things.
- Love fulfills the law.
- When we teach in love, some people will finally get it.
2. DAILY LIVING
Between all of the entrapping questions, Jesus taught some valuable lessons.
- The power of faith-filled prayer
- Obedience to God is valuable whenever it happens and in whomever it occurs
- We are only stewards of God’s resources
- The ugliness of hypocrisy
3. END TIMES EVENTS
Jesus doesn’t want us to be surprised, so He tells us upfront what is coming. Some of what He teaches here would have partial fulfillment in about 30 years when the Romans besieged Jerusalem, but the ultimate fulfillment is still to come—Matthew 24-25; Mark 13; Luke 21.
Christ’s passionate journey was out of love for us. Which means everything He taught us was for our benefit. To honor Him, we need to know the Scriptures and God’s power (Matthew 22:29).
So we study the Word of God to get to know the God of the Word. Keeping our eyes on Jesus will keep us prepared for the path ahead of us, no matter how rough it is.