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Jesus predicts signs of the end of the age – A walk through Holy Week part 5

Jesus predicts signs of the end of the age – A walk through Holy Week part 5
This entry is part 5 of 11 in the series A Walk Through Holy Week
It’s in three of the Gospels:
And I’ve written about it a lot:

So I’ll just summarize this vital part of Jesus’ last days. He knew He was going to die soon – it was essential for Him to get this message across.

First He tells His disciples that the temple they see will soon be in ruins. This came true in 70 AD when the Romans crushed the Jewish rebellion in Jerusalem. 

As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.” ~Luke 19:41-44

Note the last line – “because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.” That is that the people right then and there didn’t get it. Here was the Son of God live in front of them and they didn’t get it. 

The curious disciples asked, “When will this happen?” Wouldn’t you want to know? 
Jesus doesn’t answer them directly. He tells them what to look for – the signs of the end times. But then He says the most crucial words, “

“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come…” (Mark 13:32-33)
Only God knows when the end will come. 
Here are some of the signs:
  • Lots of Christ-wanna-bes will appear
  • Brother will betray brother
  • Children will rebel against parents
  • Christians will be hated and persecuted
  • Nations will rise against nations
  • Earthquakes will increase in intensity and frequency (In the last 30 days as of this original posting there have been 699 earthquakes. http://www.iris.edu/seismon/last30.html. When I looked at this after the first Japan quake, there were over 1200! Over 1200 earthquakes in 1 30-day period!)
Of utmost importance is lessons from the parables in Matthew 25:
Be ready because He could come at any minute – like a thief in the night. 
How do get you ready?
  • Open your heart to Jesus, the one and only savior. 
  • Pray
  • Serve – feed the hungry, help the poor, be kind to the stranger 
They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
“He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ ~Matthew 25:44-45
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Jesus teachings and warnings: A walk through Holy Week – part 4

Jesus teachings and warnings: A walk through Holy Week – part 4
This entry is part 4 of 11 in the series A Walk Through Holy Week

Jesus teaching at the templeFrom Jesus’ triumphal entry (Palm Sunday) till the Last Supper (Holy or Maundy Thursday), Jesus had a few days to teach in Jerusalem. The disciples, of course, followed Him everywhere as did crowds of citizens. The people considered Him a prophet and a rabbi (teacher), but the leaders of the Jewish Temple – the Pharisees and the chief priests were concerned that Jesus was a false teacher.

The gall of Him to say who would enter Heaven first! Matthew 22:1-14

Who was He to say what the greatest commandment was? Mark 12:28-34

What did He mean when He said, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s”? Matthew 22:15-22

He didn’t fall for their tricks.

Jesus warned the Pharisees and called them hypocrites. Why?

The Pharisees were a strict Jewish sect – careful observers of the law and very pious. They saw this man from a nothing place like Nazareth, show up and start preaching like He was God. They didn’t see that He was fulfilling all the prophecies of the scriptures – that Jesus was the Messiah the Jews had been waiting for.

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! …” Jesus says this over and over again. Matthew 23

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean…” Matthew 23:25-26

Jesus was pointing out that the Pharisees appeared pious and righteous on the outside, but they were really greedy and proud.

“You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? Therefore I am sending you prophets and wise men and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town….” Matthew 23:33-34 Here, Jesus was predicting what would happen to Stephen and the other disciples. (Acts 7:51-60)

For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. ~ Matthew 23:12

Next: Signs of the End of the Age – Jesus predicts the fall of the temple and the end times.

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Jesus gets angry – A walk through Holy Week – part 2

Jesus gets angry – A walk through Holy Week – part 2
This entry is part 2 of 11 in the series A Walk Through Holy Week

This series – A Walk Through Holy Week is not about WWJD? (What would Jesus do?) But about what Jesus DID. The best way for us to know the answer to WWJD? is to learn and be familiar with what Jesus did and how He reacted to the most challenging week of His life.

When we think of Jesus we think of the mild-mannered teacher who healed people, calmed a storm, told stories, prophesied and later was executed for committing no crime. But there was one incident when Jesus got angry.
In Jerusalem, the Jewish temple was an important place. Pilgrims from all over the area would make there way there for the Passover festival (and others). There were required to sacrifice an animal – dove, goat or a lamb. 
Since these people came from different areas, they had different forms of currency. Besides the merchants that sold the sacrificial animals, there were money changers. These money changers charged a very large amount to change the currency. The were taking advantage of the people who had to buy animals. It was commercialism to the extreme for that place and time. The system was designed for profit rather than worship. 
This story is recounted in all four gospels also – though the Gospel of John is not in chronological order. Where Matthew, Mark and Luke were focused on events, John interprets the meaning of what Jesus said and did.  
On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’” ~Mark 11:15-17
Jesus stayed in the temple area healing the blind and the lame. (Matthew 21:14) That disturbed the leaders of the temple. 
The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching. ~Mark 11:18
Here’s where it starts. 
Next time: Passover 
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