The Mount of Olives
OUR NEW Testament study moves to the events of the final week of Jesus’ ministry before the Crucifixion.
We discuss the Kingdom of God, the prophetic nature of the parable of the ten minas, the salvation of Zacchaeus the tax collector, Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the growing plot to kill Jesus (and Lazarus!), and the significance of the Mount of Olives.
THE PLOT against Jesus moves to a new level as the Sanhedrin responds to accounts of Lazarus being raised from the dead in a curious way: Rather than admitting that Jesus is the Messiah, they decide to have him killed so the Romans won’t put them all out of a job!
Also: The faith of little children, the stumbling block of wealth, and the failure of those nearest to Jesus to understand his mission.
TODAY WE revisit the accounts of Jesus walking on Sea of Galilee and feeding the five thousand, this time from the perspectives of Luke and John. We learn from John that the miracle of the loaves and fishes was so impressive to the crowd that they tried to take Jesus by force to make him king.
Since today is Palm Sunday, we also read the four gospel accounts of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. We discuss Jesus’ cursing of the fig tree that was not in season–a metaphor for the Jewish religious leaders of the day, who rejected Jesus because he didn’t fit their preconception of what the Messiah should be.