Day two of the most important week of all time. Literally. If you’re just joining us we’re following Bible Gateway’s Holy Week timeline which tracks Jesus’ last week on Earth before his crucifixion and resurrection to save us from our sins.
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Holy Tuesday was intense, y’all. An intense day of teaching and parables as Jesus prepared to take the cross for our sins. So I’m going to pull out two of my favorite passages of scripture from this day (at least my favorite today, who knows how God will speak to me with his Word tomorrow), and I definitely recommend clicking through to the links below each of them to read the full passages of scripture from Holy Tuesday.
First, let’s pick up where we left off on Monday with the fig tree story.
Jesus Curses the Fig Tree (con’td)
The next morning as they passed by the fig tree he had cursed, the disciples noticed it had withered from the roots up. Peter remembered what Jesus had said to the tree on the previous day and exclaimed, “Look, Rabbi! The fig tree you cursed has withered and died!”
Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.” – Mark 11:20-25 (NLT)
Also, Matthew 21:20-22.
Isn’t verse 24 mind-blowingly, jaw-droppingly incredible? If we believe in faith and forgive others then anything we ask for in prayer will be given to us (assuming we have a right heart and are seeking Him). WOW. God is good.
I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. – Mark 11:24 (NLT)
I don’t know that I’d ever connected this next passage of scripture with Holy Week before, but it really stuck out to me this time that Jesus taught this from the temple just as he was about to be betrayed and taken to the cross. What a juxtaposition between God’s love and our own hateful hearts. I imagine we’ll be a lot better at this commandment in Heaven, and it’ll be incredibly freeing.
The Most Important Commandment
But when the Pharisees heard that [Jesus] had silenced the Sadducees with his reply, they met together to question him again. One of them, an expert in religious law, tried to trap him with this question:“Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”
Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” – Matthew 22:34-40 (NLT)
Original picture of Arizona Sunrise Panorama by Ronald Carlson