Updated: Apr 27
Tuesday, 30 March 2021
Day 2: The Last Time
Scripture: Matthew 21:23– 26:5, Mark 11:27–14:2, Luke 20:1–22:2, John 12:37–50
Two days before Passover was the last time Jesus publicly preached. After accosting the religious leaders for their hypocrisy, they were on high alert. They tried to ensnare Jesus, but Jesus could not be deceived. It was on this day the scribes and Pharisees tested him, inquiring to Jesus about which commandment is the most important.
This sermon angered the religious leaders, and they never ceased plotting his arrest and eventual crucifixion. However, Jesus's last series of public messages shared the Principle truths of the gospel.
Which is the greatest commandment?
To this question Jesus gave two answers. – Matthew 22:36-40
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind."
"Love your neighbor as yourself."
When we examine how Christians should live their lives, we should strive for what Jesus shared when he debated with the Pharisees, spoke publicly to the crowds, and spoke privately with his disciples. In the same way we can see how our own arrogance and greed can stand between us and God. Just as the Pharisees conspired against and attempted to discredit Jesus for their own selfish gains.
Reflection: As we move closer to the day Jesus hung on the cross, reflect on His final teachings. Are you living the way Jesus commanded? Are you walking the way Jesus walked? Are you doing the things Jesus did?
Prayer: Lord, thank you for coming to the world as light, so we do not remain in darkness. Give us courage to love those who hate you. Empower us to answer the questions of the skeptics. Help us be light to those who don’t know you. Amen.