Holy Week – The Passion of Jesus

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Events of Holy Week….

On Monday: Jesus clears the Temple…Luke 19:46, "Then He entered the temple area and began driving out those who were selling. “It is written," He said to them, "'My house will be a house of prayer'; but you have made it a den of robbers.'"

On Tuesday: "Early in the morning, as He was on His way back to the city, he was hungry. Seeing a fig tree by the road, He went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then He said to it, "May you never bear fruit again!" Immediately the tree withered. When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. "How did the fig tree wither so quickly?" they asked. Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, 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 21:18-22.

In this passage Jesus taught his disciples about faith. It wasn't the season for figs. Bible scholars say the fig tree spiritually represented the deadness of Israel. Israel was spiritually barren due to their sins. Jesus was symbolically denouncing Israel as a nation, even denouncing unfruitful Christians (people who profess to be Christians but have no evidence of a relationship with Christ). God judges fruitfulness. God wants us to bear much fruit and expects that those of us who have a relationship with Him will bear much fruit. (John 15:5-8).

Dear Lord, help me have faith to please You and help me be fruitful for You in Your kingdom. Amen.

On Wednesday: It has been called Silent Wednesday. It is said Jesus spent his last day with his disciples in Bethany before the first day of Unleavened Bread, Passover.

Jesus anointed at Bethany: Six days before Passover, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table. "Jesus said, “When she poured this perfume on My body, she did it to prepare me for burial." Matthew 26:12

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