Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Easter Week- His Last Public Discourse At The Temple

"On the following day, that is on Tuesday, He returned to the temple with the Twelve, teaching all who would listen."

The chief priests and some of the scribes came upon him as a body. They asked him by what authority did he do his works. They knew the authority he claimed; their question was of sinister purpose. Jesus chose to answer their question with a question. Was the baptism of John from heaven or of men. Since the opinions of men swayed what the authorities would do they were forced into silence. "We cannot tell."

Jesus continued to teach, parable upon parable, all pointing to the self-betrayal of the chief authorities. The Parable of The Two Sons showed how true repentance was more effectual than lip service. The Parable of the Wicked Husbandmen pointed to the deceit of them that killed the son of the householder and stole his inheritance. Truly. how could they not get his message? Then he told the Parable of the Royal Marriage Feast. The guests refused to come and spurned their royal invitation only to be destroyed for heir lack of loyalty. If this story was to be an allegorical presentation of true events, then it passes into the future as the destruction of Jerusalem post dated Jesus by several decades.

This Parable was the last spoken by our Lord to the public. Jesus would now turn his attention on his apostles who he would instruct and support in the coming days.

"Many are called, but few are chosen. And why are they not chosen? Because their hearts are set so much upon the things of this world,..."

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