Beginning at Luke 19:28, we enter Passion Week. The first two parts are The Triumphal Entry on Sunday, and Jesus Clearing the Temple on Monday. His Entry is from verse 28 thru 44. It is all about Jesus. He is fulfilling all kinds of prophecy here, such as Zechariah 9:9; and Daniel 9:24-26, which told of the very day when Messiah would come to them. Here He refers to it as ‘the time of God’s coming to you,’ again stating His divinity. The chapter ends with Jesus driving the merchants out of the Court of the Gentiles, where non-Jewish people were to be able to come in order to seek the God of Israel as proselyte converts in verses 45 thru 48.
Chapter 20 opens with Tuesday, which will extend to 22:7. It has 5 parts. Verses 1 thru 8 tell us of the opposition of the Jewish leadership. They came to question Jesus of the source of His authority. After all this time and miracles, they did not know? Foolish blind guides! So, with verses 9 thru 19, He speaks a parable about them. Jesus depicts them as #2, sinners, and alludes to #5, the Gospel matter of His death with verse 15. He goes on to speak of their #3, severe judgment in the same verse. He concludes with the prophecy of the capstone from Psalm 118:22, saying that He was that stone. Verse 18 may seem enigmatic, but it is really very simple. The first part is of those who #6, repent and #7, believe on Jesus. But, the second part… is of those who remain in their sin, never repent, and He falls upon them in severe judgment. There are only two ends, my friend. Yours will either be one, or the other! The choice is entirely yours! Fall upon Him in repentance.
With 3 more sections, verses 20 thru 26 is of the Paying of Taxes to Caesar. The next, verses 27 thru 40, is about Marriage and the Resurrection. There will be no marriage in the afterlife with God. For all believers in Christ are His Bride, and will be joined to Him as Revelation 19 teaches! Luke 20 concludes with verses 41 thru 47, and have Jesus once again affirming His deity to the Jews, and warning His disciples of the Jewish leaders’ sin of unbelief in Him, and the severe judgment they will undergo for it. We’ll conclude with 21:1 thru 4, and the account of The Widow’s Mite, or the poor widow who put everything she had into the Temple collection chest. Because she had no one to meet her needs, and had not enough on her own to provide for herself; in simple, child-like faith, she gave all she had, and entrusted herself to God to meet her needs, as the One who had promised to be as the Husband to the husband-less that we find in the Old Testament. Taking God at His Word, she placed herself in His tender, loving care. Jesus noted this, and she was not going to do without. It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell