THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO
III. The Preparation of the Slave-Savior
for His Redemptive Service
A. Entering into Jerusalem
and Lodging in Bethany
1 1And when they drew near to aJerusalem, at bBethphage and cBethany, at the dMount of Olives, He esent two of His disciples,
2 And said to them, Go into the village opposite you, and aimmediately upon entering into it, you will 1find a colt tied, on which bno man has yet sat; untie it and bring it.
3 And if anyone says to you, Why are you doing this? say, The Lord has need of it and will immediately send it here again.
4 And they went away and found a colt tied by a door, outside on the street, and they untied it.
5 And some of the ones standing there said to them, What are you doing untying the colt?
6 And they spoke to them even as Jesus had said. And they let them do it.
7 And they brought the 1acolt to Jesus and threw their 2bgarments on it, and He sat on it.
8 And many spread their garments in the road, and others spread 1layers of 2branches full of 3tender leaves, having cut them out of the fields.
9 And those who went before and those who followed cried out, Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the aname of the Lord!
10 Blessed is the coming akingdom of our father bDavid! Hosanna in the chighest!
11 And He entered into aJerusalem, into the temple; and when He had looked around at all things, since the hour was already late, He went bout to cBethany with the twelve.
B. Cursing the Fig Tree and Cleansing the Temple
12 1And on the next day, when athey had gone out from Bethany, He became bhungry.
13 And seeing at a distance a afig tree having leaves, He came to see if perhaps He would find anything on it. And when He came to it, He found nothing except bleaves, for it was not the season for figs.
14 And He answered and said to it, May 1no one eat fruit from you 2forever! And His disciples heard it.
15 And they came to Jerusalem. And He entered into the atemple and began to 1cast out those who were selling and those who were buying in the temple, and He overturned the tables of the bmoney changers and the seats of those who were selling the cdoves;
16 And He would not let anyone carry a vessel through the temple.
17 And He 1taught and said to them, Is it not written, "My house shall be called a house of aprayer for all the nations''? But you have made it a bden of robbers.
18 And the chief priests and the 1scribes heard this, and they asought how they might destroy Him, for they feared Him, for all the crowd was bastounded at His teaching.
19 And every day when evening fell, they went aoutside the city.
20 And as they passed by in the morning, they saw the afig tree bwithered from the roots.
21 And Peter remembered and said to Him, aRabbi, behold, the fig tree which You cursed has withered.
22 And Jesus answered and said to them, Have afaith in God.
23 Truly I say to you that whoever says to this amountain, Be taken up and cast into the bsea, and does not cdoubt in his heart, but believes that what he says happens, he will have it.
24 For this reason I say to you, All things that you pray and aask, believe that you have received them, and you will have them.
25 And when you astand praying, 1bforgive, if you have 2anything cagainst anyone, so that your dFather who is in the heavens may also forgive you your offenses.
26 1But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in the heavens forgive your offenses.
C. Being Tested and Examined
1. By the Chief Priests, Scribes, and Elders
27 And they came again to Jerusalem. And as He was walking in the atemple, the chief priests and the scribes and the elders came to Him,
28 And said to Him, By what authority do You do these things, or who gave You this aauthority to do these things?
29 And Jesus said to them, I will question you about one thing; answer Me and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.
30 The abaptism of John, was it from bheaven or from men? Answer Me.
31 And they reasoned with one another saying, If we say, From heaven, He will say, Why then did you anot believe him?
32 But should we say, From men? -- they afeared the crowd, for all held that bJohn was really a cprophet.
33 And they answered Jesus and said, We do 1not know. And Jesus said to them, 2Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.