Today we join Jesus on Tuesday. He is drawing closer to the Cross. Let us take a look at the events that happened 2,000 years ago.
1. Disciples See The Withered Fig Tree On Return To Jerusalem
When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. “How did the fig tree wither so quickly?” they asked.
Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” (Matthew 21:20-22) Also found in Mark 11:20-21.
2. Temple Controversies in Jerusalem
Jesus entered the temple courts, and, while he was teaching, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him. “By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you this authority?”
Jesus replied, “I will also ask you one question. If you answer me, I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. John’s baptism—where did it come from? Was it from heaven, or of human origin?”
They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ But if we say, ‘Of human origin’—we are afraid of the people, for they all hold that John was a prophet.”
So they answered Jesus, “We don’t know.”
Then he said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.
The dialog is quite long. Please click on the links to read more: Matthew 21:23-23:39 , Mark 11:27-12:44 , Luke 20:1-21:4
3. Olivet Discourse on the Return To Bethany
Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. “Do you see all these things?” he asked. “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”
As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”.....
The dialoge is quite long. Please click on the links to read more. Matthew 24:1-25:46 , Mark 13:1-37 , Luke 21:5-36
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