IV. The Man-Savior's Presentation
of Himself to Death for Redemption
A. Entering into Jerusalem Triumphantly
28 And having said these things, He went on before them, 1going up to aJerusalem.
29 1And as He drew near to aBethphage and bBethany, near the cmount which is called Olivet, He dsent two of the disciples,
30 Saying, Go into the village opposite you, in which, as you are entering, you will find a colt tied, on which ano man has ever yet sat; untie it and lead it here.
31 And if anyone asks you, Why are you untying it? thus shall you say, Because the Lord has need of it.
32 And those who were sent went away and afound it even as He had told them.
33 And as they were untying the acolt, its masters said to them, Why are you untying the colt?
34 And they said, Because the Lord has need of it.
35 And they brought it to Jesus. And when they had thrown their garments on the colt, they put Jesus on it.
36 And as He went, they 1spread their own agarments in the road.
37 And as He was already drawing near to the descent of the Mount of Olives, all the multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and apraise God with a loud voice for all the works of power which they had bseen,
38 Saying, Blessed is the aKing who comes in the bname of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the chighest!
39 And some of the Pharisees from the crowd asaid to Him, Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.
40 And He answered and said, I tell you, If these shall be silent, the astones will cry out.
B. Lamenting over Jerusalem
41 And as He drew near, He saw the city and awept over it,
42 Saying, If you knew in this day, even you, the athings that are for your 1peace! But now they have been hidden from your eyes.
43 For the days will come upon you when your enemies will throw up a arampart before you, and will bencircle you, and will press you in on every side,
44 And they will 1level you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave a astone upon a stone in you, because you did not know the time of your 2bvisitation.
C. Cleansing the Temple and Teaching in It
45 And He aentered into the temple and began to cast out those who were selling,
46 Saying to them, It is written, "And My ahouse shall be a house of prayer,'' but you have made it a den of brobbers.
47 And He ataught daily in the temple. But the chief priests and the scribes and the leaders of the people sought to bdestroy Him;
48 Yet they could not find anything that they might do, for all the people were hanging upon Him, listening.
D. Passing through the Final Examinations
1. Of the Chief Priests, Scribes, and Elders
1 And on one of the days, as 1He was ateaching the people in the btemple and announcing the good news, the chief priests and the scribes with the elders ccame upon Him,
2 And spoke, saying to Him, Tell us by what aauthority you do these things, or who is the one who gave you this authority?
3 And He answered and said to them, I also will ask you one thing, and you tell Me:
4 The abaptism of John, was it from bheaven or from men?
5 And they reasoned together among themselves, saying, If we say, From heaven, He will say, Why did you anot believe him?
6 But if we say, From men, all the people will stone us to death, for they are persuaded that John was a aprophet.
7 And they answered that they did not know where it was from.
8 And Jesus said to them, 1Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.
9 1And He began to speak to the people this aparable: A certain man bplanted a cvineyard and leased it out to dvinedressers and went eabroad for a considerable time.
10 And at the proper time he asent a slave to the vinedressers so that they might give him some of the fruit of the vineyard; but the vinedressers bbeat him and sent him away empty-handed.
11 And he went on to send another slave, but they beat that one also, and dishonored him, and sent him away empty-handed.
12 And he went on to send a third, but that one also they wounded and threw out.
13 And the master of the vineyard said, What shall I do? I will send my son, the abeloved; they will 1probably respect this one.
14 But when the vinedressers saw him, they reasoned with one another, saying, This is the aheir; let us kill him that the inheritance may become ours.
15 And they threw him aout of the vineyard and bkilled him. What then will the master of the vineyard do to them?
16 He will come and adestroy these vinedressers and will give the vineyard to bothers. And when they heard this, they said, May it never happen!
17 But He looked at them, and said, What then is this that is written, a"The stone which the builders rejected, this has become the head of the corner''?
18 Everyone who falls on that astone shall be broken to pieces; but on whomever it falls, it shall crush him to powder and scatter him like bchaff.
19 And the scribes and the chief priests sought to lay hands on Him in that hour; yet they feared the people, for they perceived that it was with them in view that He spoke this parable.
2. Of the Pharisees and Herodians
20 1And they awatched Him closely and bsent spies who cfeigned themselves to be righteous, in order that they might lay hold on some dword of His, so as to edeliver Him up to the rule and authority of the fgovernor.
21 And they questioned Him, saying, Teacher, we know that You speak and teach correctly, 1and do not accept man's aperson, but teach the bway of God in truth.
22 Is it lawful for us to pay ataxes to bCaesar, or not?
23 But He perceived their acraftiness and said to them,
24 Show Me a adenarius. Whose image and inscription does it have? And they said, Caesar's.
25 And He said to them, Therefore arender the things that are Caesar's to Caesar, and the things that are God's to God.
26 And they were not able to lay hold of a asaying of His in the presence of the people; and marveling at His answer, they kept silent.
3. Of the Sadducees
27 1And some of the aSadducees, who say there is no bresurrection, came to Him and cquestioned Him,
28 Saying, Teacher, Moses wrote for us, If anyone's brother has a awife and dies, and this one is childless, his brother should take the wife and raise up seed to his brother.
29 There were then seven brothers. And the first took a wife and died childless;
30 And the 1second;
31 And the third took her; and similarly the seven also did not leave children and died.
32 Finally the woman also died.
33 In the resurrection, therefore, which one's wife does the woman become? For the seven had her as wife.
34 And Jesus said to them, The asons of this age bmarry and are given in marriage,
35 But those who are counted aworthy to obtain that 1age and the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage;
36 For neither can they adie anymore, for they are equal to bangels, and they are csons of God, being sons of the dresurrection.
37 But that the dead are raised, even Moses disclosed in the section concerning the abush, when he calls the Lord the God of bAbraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.
38 Now He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to Him all men are aliving.
4. Muzzling All the Examiners
39 And some of the scribes answered and said, Teacher, You have spoken awell.
40 For they 1ano longer dared to question Him about anything.
41 1And He asaid to them, How is it that they say that the Christ is bDavid's son?
42 For David himself says in the book of Psalms, a"The Lord said to my Lord, bSit at My right hand,
43 Until I set Your enemies as a footstool for Your feet.''
44 David therefore calls Him Lord, and how is He ahis 1son?
5. Warning against the Scribes
45 And as all the people were listening, He asaid to His disciples,
46 1Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love agreetings in the bmarketplaces and chief seats in the synagogues and cplaces of honor at the dinners,
47 Who devour widows' houses, and for a 1pretense make long prayers. These shall receive agreater 2judgment.
6. Praising the Poor Widow
1 And He looked up and 1saw the arich bcasting their 2gifts into the ctreasury.
2 And He saw a certain 1impoverished widow casting there two alepta.
3 And He said, Truly I tell you that this apoor widow has cast in more than all of them,
4 For all these out of their surplus have cast in something into the gifts, but she out of her lack has cast in all the aliving that she had.
E. Preparing the Disciples for His Death
1. Telling Them of Things to Come
a. The Destruction of the Temple
5 1And as some were speaking about the atemple, that it was adorned with 2beautiful stones and 3consecrated offerings, He said,
6 As for these things which you are looking at, the days will come in which there will not be left a astone upon a stone which will not be thrown down.
b. The Plagues between His Ascension
and the Great Tribulation
7 And they questioned Him, saying, Teacher, when therefore will these things be? And what will be the sign awhen these things are about to take place?
8 And He said, aSee that you are not led astray, for many will come in My bname, saying, I am the Christ! and, The time has drawn near! Do not go after them.
9 And when you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be terrified, for these things must take place first; but the end does not come immediately.
10 Then He said to them, Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom;
11 And there will be great aearthquakes, and in various places bfamines and pestilences; and there will be terrors and great csigns from heaven.
c. The Persecution of His Disciples in the Church Age
12 But before all these things they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, adelivering you up to the synagogues and bprisons, cbringing you before dkings and governors for the sake of My name.
13 It will turn out to you for a testimony.
14 Settle it therefore in your hearts not to atake thought beforehand how to reply in defense,
15 For I will give you a amouth and wisdom which all those opposing you will not be able to bresist or refute.
16 And you will be 1delivered up even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death.
17 And you will be ahated by all because of My name,
18 Yet a ahair of your head shall by no means perish.
19 In your aendurance you will 1possess your souls.
d. The Great Tribulation and His Coming
20 1But when you asee Jerusalem bsurrounded by armies, then know that her desolation has drawn near.
21 Then let those in Judea flee to the mountains, and let those in her midst get out, and let not those in the country enter into her,
22 Because these are days of avengeance, that all the things written may be fulfilled.
23 Woe to those who are apregnant and to those nursing babies in those days, for there will be great 1distress upon the land and bwrath to this people.
24 And they will fall by the edge of the sword and will be led captive into all the nations; and Jerusalem will be atrampled by the 1Gentiles until the times of the 1Gentiles are bfulfilled.
25 And there will be signs in the asun and moon and stars, and upon the earth anguish of nations in perplexity at the broaring of the sea and the billows,
26 Men 1fainting from fear and expectation of the things coming upon the 2inhabited earth, for the powers of the heavens will be ashaken.
27 And then they will see the aSon of Man bcoming in a cloud with power and great cglory.
e. The Disciples' Redemption and
the Overcomers' Rapture
28 And when these things begin to happen, stand erect and lift up your heads, because your aredemption is drawing near.
29 1And He told them a parable: Look at the afig tree and all the trees.
30 As soon as they sprout leaves, you see it and know of yourselves that the summer is already near.
31 So also you, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near.
32 Truly I tell you that athis generation shall by no means pass away until all things happen.
33 Heaven and earth shall apass away, but My bwords shall by no means pass away.