On Tuesday morning, Jesus wakes to another day – even knowing what was ahead – He and his disciples returned to Jerusalem. Along the way they passed the withered fig tree – Jesus spoke to his companions about the importance of faith.

Meanwhile back at the Temple – the religious leaders were upset at Jesus for establishing himself as a spiritual authority – they literally organized an ambush with the intent to place Him under arrest – however Jesus evaded their traps and pronounced harsh judgment on them.

Jesus made no bones about the fact that these spiritual leaders did not interpret the law to the people in a way that emphasized what God really cared about. basically – they “missed the forest for the trees:” – they forgot that details are meant to form a larger picture – they focused on wooden, legalistic religious performance in a way that ultimately only served their own pride, power, and glory.

Jesus calls them blind guides – meaning they have no understanding of where they are leading God’s people.

It was later in the day when Jesus left the city and went with his disciples to the Mount of Olives, which sits due east of the Temple and overlooks Jerusalem – here Jesus gave the Olivet Discourse, an elaborate prophecy about the destruction of Jerusalem and the end of the age.

He speaks, as usual, in parables – using symbolic language about the end time events, including His Second Coming – and the final judgment.

This was also the day Judas Iscariot negotiated with the Sanhedrin, the rabbinical court of ancient Israel – to betray Jesus.

Yet knowing what was ahead, and yes – after a tiring day of confrontation and warnings about the future – once again, Jesus and the disciples returned to Bethany to stay the night.

It’s a wonder in itself how He rested at all – knowing what He was about to endure. Yet He didn’t think about Himself – bo sweet friends – all He could think about was you and I.

We are loved by love Himself. He loves us big and He loves us strong, and yes – love wins period

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God” Ephesians 2:8


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