Being tempted in the temple.


In Matthew 22:15-22, Jesus and the disciples were in the temple. Jesus was there to be tried and tested to see if He was the true lamb of God. Jesus was and is the Passover lamb, sacrificed for our sins. Pharisees and religious leaders tempted Him again. They asked Him if it was right to pay tribute to Ceasar. Jesus asked them to show Him a Roman coin. He said who’s inscription is on the coin. They said Ceasar’s. Then Jesus said, render unto Ceasar the things that are Ceasar’s and unto God the things that are God’s. They were dumbfounded. But I’ll ask you, what are the things of God that we must give to God? The first thing is our life. We are bought with a price. We aren’t our own. We belong to God. I’ll ask you other question, does your life reflect Jesus in your life? So, what are the things of God that we render to God?

Crain Blanchard.

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The Parable of the Wedding Feast.


In Matthew 22:1-14, Jesus and the disciples were in the temple. It was the week of Passover. Jesus taught with parables. He told the parable of the wedding feast. A king had a marriage supper ready for his son, he called his servants to go and tell those invited it was ready. All the invited people refused to come. The king sent more servants and they were beaten and killed. The king sent his army and destroyed the murders. Then the king said to go into the highways and byways and invite everyone you find. The servants went and filled the house with people. The king came to see everyone. There was one guest who did not have a wedding garment. The king asked how he got in without the wedding garment. His servants through him out, where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. Jesus said for many are called, but few are chosen. You have to choose to walk in the way of righteousness, every day.

Crain Blanchard.

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The Parable of the Husbandman.


In Matthew 21:33-46, Jesus and the disciples were in the temple. It was the week of Passover and thousands of people were in Jerusalem and temple. The religious leaders were testing Jesus. The passover lamb had to be inspected for three days before it was sacrificed for Passover. Jesus told them the parable of the husbandman. Jesus told them the story of a man who built a vineyard and rented it out to a husbandman, then went to a far country. When the harvest came, the owner sent his servants to collect his share of the vineyard. The husbandman seized the servants and killed them. Finally, the owner sent his son and they killed him. Then Jesus asked what shall be done to the husbandman? The people said the husbandman would be removed and killed. Jesus told them that the vineyard would be given to another. The religious leaders knew that Jesus was talking about them and plotted to kill Jesus. We are the replacement for the husbandman. We have to strive lawfully in the kingdom of God. Yet people have chosen to be cast out of the vineyard into everlasting death. Today is the day and now is the time of salvation. Like Joshua of old, chose you this day who you will serve? Joshua said, for me and my house we will serve the Lord.

Crain Blanchard.

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The Parable of the Two Sons.


In Matthew 21:28-32, Jesus was talking to the religious leaders in the temple. He tells them a story of two sons. He said that a man had two sons and asked one to go into the fields to work and he said no. But later repented and went and worked in the fields. The father went to the second son and asked him to go work. The second son said yes and didn’t go. Jesus said which did the father’s will? Then He said to the religious leaders that publicans and harlots will go into the kingdom of God before you. John the Baptist came preaching the way of righteousness and you didn’t believe him. But the publicans and harlots believed. So, tell me who will do the will of our Father?

Crain Blanchard.

Joseph1637@juno.com

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Honesty is the best policy.


In Matthew 21:23-27, Jesus and the disciples returned to the temple the next day. Jesus was teaching in the temple, when the religious leaders came to him. They asked Him by authority did Jesus chase all of merchandise and money changers out of the temple. Jesus said I’ll tell you if you answer my question. He said was John the Baptist from God or man? The religious leaders discussed the question amongst themselves. They said amongst themselves if we say God, He will say why didn’t we follow. So they told Jesus that they didn’t know. Jesus said He wouldn’t answer their question either. Jesus is wanting us to be honest with ourselves. Because when we are honest, we can see what is really in our heart. This is the first step to God. When we are honest that is when we can confess our sins before God. Everyone needs forgiveness from God. So, what is the truth in your life?

Crain Blanchard.

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He had a week left to live.


What would in do if you had a week left to live? In Matthew 21:18-22, Jesus had returned to Jerusalem for the last time. He and the disciples were staying in Bethany with Lazarus, Mary and Martha. Jesus and the disciples went to the temple. Along the way, Jesus was hungry and stopped at a fig tree, but it had no fruit. He cursed it and the tree withered. The disciples marveled at this. Then Jesus began to teach the disciples about faith. He said if you have faith and believe, you can say to the mountain, be removed and it will be done. Jesus told them that when they ask in prayer, believing, you will recieve. How many mountains have you faced this year? How many have gone away? If you believe and don’t doubt, our Father in heaven will answer our prayers. It’s all up to us and what we believe. Ask in faith and God will answer.

Crain Blanchard.

Joseph1637@juno.com

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Today is the day.


I haven’t blogged for two weeks, because I’ve been writing a book. I’m not through writing but I’m close. It’s a book about prayer. Today, I’m writing about Jesus and what most people would call the passion week.

In Matthew 21:10-17, Jesus entered Jerusalem at the beginning of their week. He and the disciples headed to the temple. All along the way to the temple the people were calling Jesus the prophet from Nazareth. Remember this was Passover week and thousands of Jews from all over the world came. Jesus entered the temple and chased all the people selling goods in the temple out. The religious leaders were angry because they made good money with their efforts. Jesus quoted scripture saying, My house is a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves. Then the people started praising Jesus saying, Hosanna to the son of David. The religious leaders knew what that meant, that Jesus was there rightful king and tried to stop it. Jesus wouldn’t stop them from praising Him. The disciples and Jesus left and went to Bethany to stay at the home of Larazeth, Martha and Mary. Jesus knew what was going to happen to Him. But He stayed anyway. He is our example.

Crain Blanchard.

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Jesus was headed to Jerusalem.


In Matthew 21:1-9, Jesus was headed to Jerusalem for the last time. He knew what God had planned for Him. Now it was time to implement God’s plan for man. Jesus and the disciples came to the mount of Olives. Jesus told two disciples to go to a certain place and bring back a donkey and foal. He said if anyone objects tell them that the Lord has need of them. Jesus was going to ride the donkey into Jerusalem to fulfill the prophecy in Zechariah 9:9. As they brought the donkey, the disciples put cloaks on her. Jesus got on the donkey as a multitude gathered along the way. They spread their garments and had palm branches in their hands. They cried with a loud voice, Hosanna, blessed thou Son of David. Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna, as Jesus entered Jerusalem as the King.

Crain Blanchard.

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Persistence.


In Matthew 20:29-34, Jesus had finished teaching around Jericho and was headed to Jerusalem. As Jesus, the disciples and a great multitude were traveling, they passed two blind beggars. When the blind beggars heard it was Jesus, they cried out to Him. The crowd tried to get them to stop. But they cried the louder. Jesus heard them and had them brought to Him. Jesus asked what He do for them. The blind men responded to be healed. Jesus healed them because He had compassion and their faith and persistence. When we pray, God wants us to be persistent until He answers our prayer.

Crain Blanchard.

Joseph1637@juno.com

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Servant to All.


in Matthew 20:24-28, the other ten disciples heard what James and John asked Jesus, they became angry with them. Jesus began to teach them about ministry. He told them that the gentiles lord their power over others. Jesus told the disciples that they wouldn’t do this to each other. He told them if you want to br great, then be the servant of all. Jesus told them that He didn’t come to be ministered to, but rather to serve. Jesus’s life is an example to us. He said that we would do greater things than He did. This also means that we will be greater servants than He was. Jesus said that He came to give His life a ransom for many. So will we give our lives as a servant for many. Then people will see who our Lord is and accept Jesus. Let us strive to be the servant of all.

Crain Blanchard.

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