The Closing Events: The Last Supper.

Before they went to the Upper Room, they were at Simon the leper’s house. The bible doesn’t say who the woman was, but she came about supper time, as they were seated to eat. She took a bottle of myrrh and poured it on Jesus’ head. The disciples began to fuss. Jesus told them that she did it for my burial. And that she was to be remembered for it. The next day, Jesus gave 2 disciples instruction on where to prepare the Passover meal. Jesus said you will find a man carrying a pitcher of water. It was not hard for the disciples to find the man, because men didn’t carry water, only women. They followed him to the owner of the house and asked the use of the upper room.
On the Passover table, there is a placed reserved for the
Messiah. There was bread, striped and pierced, and wine on the table for the Messiah. Jesus sat at this place. He took the bread broke and said, eat. This is my body. He took the cup of wine and said, drink. This is the blood of the new testament shed for the remission of sins. And when they sang a hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives. Matt.26:17-30; Mark14:12-26; Luke 22:3-39;John 13:1-14:1.

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The Closing Events: Passover.

When John the Baptist first saw Jesus, he said, ‘Behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world’. Jesus is the Lamb (The Passover Lamb), the perfect sacrifice for our sins. He is the Lamb of God slain from the foundations of the world (Rev.13:8).
The Passover lamb had to be spotless and unblemished. It was examined for 3 days before it was accepted and killed by the chief priests. Jesus entered Jerusalem on the 1st day of the week and began teaching in the Temple for 3 days.
The religious leaders saw all the people going out to meet Jesus and made this comment, ‘the whole world had gone after him’. That evening, Jesus and disciples went to Bethany.
The next morning, Jesus and his disciples came back to Jerusalem. On the way, Jesus was hungry. He went to a fig tree, but the tree had no fruit. He spoke to the tree and cursed it. They went on to the temple. Jesus saw the Jews defiling the Temple by making it a den of thieves and chased them out. Then Jesus and his disciples returned to Bethany. Matt.21:12-22; Mark 11:12-26; Luke 19:45-48; John 12:20-50; Isa.6:10.
Jesus and his disciples returned to Jerusalem. They passed the fig tree Jesus had cursed. It was now withered. As they enter the temple, Jesus began to teach. The religious leaders came to him and asked by what authority he taught. Jesus asked them a question. Where was John the Baptist’s baptism from? The religious leaders answered that they didn’t know, for they feared judgement and the people. In doing so, Jesus stripped them of all authority. For a teacher could never say he didn’t know the answer. Neither did Jesus answer their question.
Controversy about paying tribute to Caesar.
Controversy with the Sadducees about the resurrection.
Jesus commends the liberality of the poor widow.
The Jews reject Jesus.
Anointing of Jesus by Mary at Bethany.
Judas arranges to betray Jesus.
So the Passover Lamb was inspected for 3 days and no flaws were found in him. Matt.21:20-26:16; Mark 11:19-14:11; Luke 20:1-22:6; John 12:2-8.

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The Closing Events: entering into Jerusalem.

The Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem. Matt.21:1-9;
Mark 11:1-10; Luke 19:29-44; John 12:12-19; Zech.9:9. Zechariah 9:9 “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold your king is coming to you, he is just and endowed with salvation, humbled and mounted on a donkey, even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”
Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem to fulfill prophesy. He was proclaimed King of the Jews, the Son of David, the Messiah. The people were waving palm branches in front of Jesus. Ps.92:12 (kingship).
Palm – stately, majestic, grows straight, life in the heart, masters all circumstances, symbol of victory, nourished by hidden springs, benevolent to mankind (food, shelter, oil, shade), evergreen, bears in old age. Lev.23:40 (on the walls of the temple).
The people came out and met Jesus at the Mount of Olives, and he rode in through the Gate Beautiful. Ezekiel 44:1-3 “And the Lord said to me, This gate shall be shut; it shall not be opened and no one shall enter it, for the Lord God of Israel had entered by it; therefore it shall be shut.” Luke 19:39-40 “And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.
40 And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.”

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The Closing Events.

No one realizes how fast 3 years go by. Time is never stationary. It is always moving forward. You turn round and you’re a young adult. Then you’re married with children. Then you have grandchildren. Then most of your life is behind you. I look at what is left and want to make it count for something. Jesus knew when he started there was an end to his ministry on Earth. When he set his face to go to Jerusalem the end was in sight. His earthly ministry was coming to an end. And he knew that he was going to die. He didn’t want to because he loves us and wanted to stay on Earth. But ever since he was small he knew that he had to be about his Father’s business. At the end Jesus knew the religious leaders wanted to kill him. Jesus was careful where he went. So the scribes pharisees and the religious leaders couldn’t catch him until it was time. Jesus had revealed He was the messiah. Most Israelites believed he was. Even the religious leaders knew and understood that Jesus was the messiah. The religious leaders prophesied that 1 must die to save the nation. As Jesus and the disciples approached Jerusalem, they stopped on the village of Bethphage. It’s near the mount of olives. Jesus had 2 disciples to go into the village and get a donkey to ride on into Jerusalem to fulfill scripture, Zechariah 9:9. Jesus rode the donkey into Jerusalem.

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Jesus set His face.

Jesus withdrew from Jerusalem to Bethany, discourse about Herod. Luke 13:22-35.
In Perea, Jesus gave the discourse at the Pharisees table. Luke 14:1-24.
The parable of the ‘Lost Coin’. Luke 15:8-10.
In Israel, when a woman got married, she would receive from her husband 10 silver coins. These coins could not be taken from her for debts. A woman in Israel could not inherit property, only the man. If she were to lose or spend those coins, it would be grounds for divorce.
The parable of the ‘Prodigal Son’. Luke 15:11-32.
2 parables on ‘Stewardship’. Luke 16:1-31.

In Bethany, Lazarus was raised from the dead. John 11:1-46.
According to Jewish custom, they believed that a man could be raised from the dead up to 3 days after his death. On the 4th day his spirit departed. Lazarus was raised from the dead on the 4th day. Again showing the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah.
When Jesus wept and was troubled in his spirit, he was not grieving over Lazarus. He was grieving over the unbelief in the people.
In Perea, Jesus cleansed 10 lepers. This was another sign of the Messiah. 
Luke 17:11-19.
The discourse on the ‘Coming of the Kingdom’. Luke17:22-37.
2 parables on ‘Prayer’. Luke 18:1-14.
Jesus and the little children. Luke 18:15-17.
Rich young ruler. Luke 18:18-30.
Jesus said, “It was easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” The eye of the needle was the small gate on the side of the large gate. The camel had to be unloaded to get through the gate. So it is with a rich man.
As Jesus walked toward Jerusalem, he healed a blind man. 
Luke 18:34-43, Mark 10:46-52.
Conversion of Zaccheus. Luke 19:1-10.

Near Jerusalem, Jesus taught 2 parables, on ‘Money usage’ and on the ‘Kingdom of God’. Luke 19:11-28.
Jesus said, ‘I tell you, that to everyone who has shall more be given, but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away.’
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The Messiah.

Jesus told them in a parable that he was the Messiah. There arose a division among the Jews because of these words. John10:19.

I am - I am that I am. Ex3:14,15.
Yahvah - Jehovah - God’s Name.
Yahvah-shua - Jesus’s Name.
John 6:48 - I am the Bread of Life.
John 8:18 - I am He.
John 10:7,14 - I am the Door, I am the Good Shepherd.
John 10:30 - I and My Father are one.
John 11:25 - I am the resurrection and the life.
John 14:6 - I am the way, the truth, and the life.
John 15:1 - I am the true vine.

Judea - 70 disciples sent out and returned. Luke 10:1-24.
Jesus prepared his disciples, then sent them out preaching the kingdom of God. 
Bethany - guest of Mary, Martha and Lazarus. 
Luke 10:38-42.
Judea - discourse on Prayer. Luke 11:1-13.
Crippled woman healed on Sabbath, rebuked religious leaders for hypocrisy.
Luke 11:10-17.
Parables of mustard seed and leaven. Luke 11:18-21.

Jerusalem - Feast of Dedication - Jesus showed the people the works of God and showed and told in parables that he was the Christ, now he told them plainly, but because they wouldn’t believe, they picked up stones to kill him. John 10:22-42.
vs.30 - “I and the Father are one.”

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Later Judean Ministry.

This series of blogs are about the life of Jesus in chronological order. Jesus now had walk 2 1/2 years in His ministry. Jesus knew what was going to happen in Jerusalem, but he set his face to do the will of the Father. Luke 9:51.
Rejection by the Samaritans. Matt.19:1; Luke 9:51-56; John 7:10.
Jerusalem – Feast of Tablenacles. John 7:10-39.
John 7:37 “If any man is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.” During the Feast the men would fast and not drink anything.
Jerusalem – Adulterous woman. John 7:10-39.
Jesus stoop down to the ground, then began to teach the teachers in front of the people. He humiliated the teachers. The woman was saved, she made Jesus Lord. John 8:6-11.
Jerusalem – Jesus healed a man born blind. No one in Israel had ever healed a man born blind. This is one of the signs of the Messiah. The religious leaders were trying to find something wrong with Jesus, but they couldn’t. John 9:1-41.

Jerusalem – Discourse on the Good Shepherd. Jesus said that those Jews who picked up stones to kill him were not of his fold.
Shepherd and Sheep:
Sheep -fold – all the flocks.
flock – many tribes.
tribes – smallest group.
Jesus is the head shepherd over the fold: Heb13:20;
1 Peter 5:4; Psalms 23.
Rod – protection club – thrown.
Staff – guidance.
“My sheep hear my voice…” Sheep only respond to their shepherd’s voice. John 10:1-21.

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The Difference between Knowing and Understanding.

Jesus and the disciples left Galilee and traveled into different countries. In Syro-Phoenicia, Jesus healed a woman’s daughter by faith. In Decapolis, He healed a deaf-mute and in Ceasarea-Phillipi, Peter confessed Jesus as the Christ. Matt.15:32-39; Mark 7:24-37; 8:1-33; Luke 9:18-21.

When did the Disciples know that Jesus was the Christ?
1) Andrew heard John the Baptist call Jesus the Lamb ofGod. John 1:36,40.
2) Andrew told Peter that they had found him, the Christ but did they really believe?
3) On the Sea of Galilee, when Jesus rebuked the winds and sea, they marveled and said “what kind of man is this?” Matt.8:23-27.
4) Jesus healed the epileptic boy, and rebukes his disciples for unbelief.
5) When Jesus walked on the water, they harden their hearts in unbelief.
Mark 6:49-52.
6) John believed in Jesus when he saw the empty tomb. John 20:8.
7) Peter, who spoke by the Holy Ghost that Jesus was the
Christ, denied Him 3 times and at the resurrection
didn’t believe. Matt.26:69-75; Mark 16:6,7;
Luke 24:10,11, 25, 26.
8) Thomas wouldn’t believe until he saw Jesus.John 20:29.
9) Even John the Baptist. Matt.11:2,3.
Jesus said, “Because you have seen me you have believed, Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.” John 20:29.

Transfiguration - metamorphosis - Matt.17:1-13; Mark 9:2-13; Luke 9:28-36; Isa.42:1.
There are 3 times in the New Testament that John, James and Peter went with Jesus, Jarius’ house, Mount of Transfiguration, Agony in the Garden, Matt.26:36-46.
Healing the Epileptic. Matt.17:14-21; Mark 9:14-29;Luke 9:37-43.

Capernaum discourses -
    Humility - Matt.18:1-6; Mark 9:33-37; Luke 9:46-48.
    Stumbling - Matt.18:7-11; Mark 9:38-48; Luke 9:49-50.
    Forgiveness - Matt.18:21-35; Mark 9:49-50.

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God has visited.

In Luke 7:16, the scripture says “God has visited his people”. One thing the Jews did wrong, was to miss the time of God’s visitation and were expelled from the land of Israel. Luke 19:44.
Herod Antipas had John the Baptist arrested and imprisoned, because John preached against Herod’s marriage to his brother Philip’s wife. While in prison, John sent his disciples to Jesus to ask him if he was the one to come. Jesus showed John through his words and deeds. Matt.11:2-19; Luke 7:18-35.
In Capernaum, Jesus performed the 2nd sign of being the Messiah, casting out a deaf and dumb spirit. The religious leaders said that Jesus cast out devils by the devil. They blasphemed the Holy Ghost. Matt.12:22-29; Mark 3:20-30; Luke 11:14-23.
The religious leaders were seeking a sign, because of their unbelief. Jesus’ mother and brothers were looking for him in the synagogue. Jesus had 4 brothers and some sisters. Joseph and Mary had other children, because it was a curse not to have many children (James-Gal.1:19, Jude-the Epistle, Joses, Simon). Parables- Sower, Seed, Tares, Mustard Seed, Leaven, Treasure, Pearl, Dragnet and Lamp. Matt.12:38-50; 13:1-56; Mark 3:31-35; 4:1-34; Luke 8:4-21; Joel 3:13.
On the Sea of Galilee, Jesus stills the sea. Jesus the man rebuked the storm. He asked why the disciples didn’t rebuke the wind and sea. God has given man dominion over the earth. Jesus and the disciples crossed over the sea to the town of Gadarene. There Jesus heals a demoniac, Jarius’ daughter raised from the dead, woman with issue of blood healed and blind men healed. Matt.8:23-34; 9:18-31; Mark 4:35-41; Luke 8:22-25.
As they crossed back over the sea, Jesus cast out a dumb spirit. The Religious leaders, knowing who Jesus was by the miracle performed, blasphemed the Holy Ghost, saying Jesus used the devil to cast out the devil. Matt.9:32-34.
The 12 disciples were sent out and taught them the meaning of discipleship. Matt.9:35-11:1.
Herod Antipas beheads John the Baptist, the 12 return, the feeding of 5000, Jesus walks on the water, discourse on the Bread of Life and the traditions of men. Mark 6:14-29; John 6:1-14; Mark 6:45-52; Matt.14:22-36; John 6:26-40; Matt.15:1-14.
The Scribes and Rabbi’s interpreted the Torah(Pentateuch).This interpretation is called the Misnah. The Misnah was interpreted and this book is called the Talmud. These are the books studied to become a Rabbi.

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Around Galilee.

In Capernaum – Jesus came to the earth to do specific things, one was to set up the church and place leaders (shepherds) over it. He chose 12 of his disciples (talmidim) as apostles (emissaries), including Judas Iscarot, that all scripture be fulfilled (not thy will but thine). As the example, Jesus is the model of our life. He always would shun publicity, never wanting to glorify himself, but only the God the Father. Jesus became our Messiah, through his death, burial and resurrection. Then God the Father exalted him to become Lord of Lords and King of Kings. Mark 3:13-19; Luke 6:12-16; Phil.2:8,9.
Near the Sea of Galilee, Jesus went up on the mountain and began to teach the Sermon on the Mount, the practical day by day way of living. Most Jews had to work and didn’t have the opportunity to study the scriptures. They would go to the synagogue on the Sabbath day for instruction in the Word of God. Very few Jews owned a bible. Matt.5:1; Luke 6:20-49.
In Capernaum, Jesus was called to preach the kingdom of God to the Jews (Mark 7:22) and he looked for faith among his brethren, because it was rare. A roman centurion, a gentile, a dog in the eyes of the Jews, came to Jesus asking him to heal a servant. This man believed Jesus unconditionally because he knew and understood the authority in Jesus. Jesus marveled (to wonder, to admire) at his faith, and said all didn’t have that kind of faith. And the Jews had the Word of God. Matt.8:5-13; Luke 7:1-10; Rom.10:17; Isa.49:12,13.
In Nain, Jesus raises a widow’s son from the dead. When the widow’s son died, she lost everything. Only a man could own or inherit the property (Kinsman Redeemer). A man was to inherit for the woman, Jesus for his bride. Luke 7:11-17; Job 19:25.

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