In our last video post, the second part of this series, we left Jesus traveling towards Jerusalem for the last time. And, we listened in as Jesus taught His apostles the right thinking and acting it takes to enter into the kingdom of God…
As they travel on, they come to the city of Jericho. When Jesus and Company begin to leave the city, they pass by a blind beggar by the name of Bartimaeus, sitting on the side of the road, who, when he hears that Jesus is present, shouts out: “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Mark 10:47 NKJV
Jesus healed him on the spot, saying, “Go your way, your faith has made you well.” Mark 10:52 NKJV
As Jesus began to continue on His journey, (surrounded by a crowd, as usual) He passes by a tree where a tax collector named Zacchaeus had climbed up, to get a better view of Christ. Jesus immediately looks up and calls him by name and tells him to prepare his house so that Jesus could stay there.
Zacchaeus was thrilled, but the crowd disapproved of Jesus’ decision to ‘consort’ with the sinner. Zacchaeus looks right at Jesus and tells Him (loud enough for the crowd to hear) that he was going to give half of everything he had to the poor. Furthermore, he said that if he had ever cheated anyone, he would restore their losses by fourfold.
(Zacchaeus was demonstrating true repentance.)
Jesus responds to the crowd: Today is [Messianic and spiritual] salvation come to [all of the members of] this household, since Zacchaeus too is a [real spiritual] son of Abraham; for the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost. Luke 19:9 AMP
The tax collector is a physical descendant of Abraham, (as were all Jews) and with the addition of Jesus’ salvation, he has become a spiritual descendant as well – saved, as was his entire family.
Jesus was telling the entire crowd that He had come to save sinners; and that all they had to do, was to have faith and a repentant change of heart…
Then Jesus began to perceive that many in the crowd thought that He, as the Messiah, was going to Jerusalem to overthrow the Roman occupying forces, and then usher in a physical kingdom of God at once.
Jesus shares a parable to set them straight. This one is referred to as the ‘parable of the Minas.’ (It is a modification of the parable about the talents. A ‘minas’ was approximately one pound of money.)
In this parable, a nobleman leaves his land to travel to another country to acquire his rightful kingship over said land. Just before he left, he gave each of his ten servants ten minas – telling them to use it to engage in business while he was away.
(At this point, Jesus tells the crowd that the people, who would be the subjects of this future king, hated him.)
When the ‘king’ returns, he asks each of his servants to tell him what they had done with his money. One of them multiplied the king’s money tenfold, another fivefold, and a third servant hid his money. Worse, that same servant tried to justify his action by saying that the king was such an exacting man with his standards, that he was frightened over the potential punishment that would be laid upon him, if he failed at managing the money.
The king then asked him why he didn’t at least put the money in the bank, where it would earn interest. No answer. So the king gave his ten minas to the servant who had multiplied his allotment by ten. The king’s servants protest, but the king tells them, “I tell you that to everyone who has, more shall be given, but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away.
But these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slay them in my presence.” Luke 19:26, 27. NASB
What Jesus means to convey, is that He is going up to heaven to receive His kingship. And when He comes back, near the end of all things, He will judge each of God’s children according to their relationship to Him and to their adherence to the word of God, as well as what they did with the gifts God placed within them, for advancing His kingdom.
Those who decide not to have a relationship with Christ, well, they’ll find out about their final disposition the hard way.
Jesus was letting the crowd know that the kingdom of God will come to its full fruition when He returns from heaven, not when He gets to Jerusalem…
Passover is approaching, and all of Jerusalem is abuzz about whether or not Jesus would show up. The Pharisees and the priests also had spies everywhere just in case He did, so that they could arrest Him…
It’s Sunday, (‘Palm Sunday’), the beginning of Jesus’ final week on earth before His heavenly transformation.
Jesus is in the town of Bethany, at the Mount of Olives – just outside of Jerusalem. He’s ready to enter, but Jesus first tells two of His disciples to go to a nearby village – where they will find a colt tied up, that has never been ridden. He tells them to bring it to Him; and if anyone questions them, He tells them to answer: “Because the Lord has need of it.” Luke 19:31 NKJV
When they bring it, much to their surprise, Jesus mounts the colt – fulfilling an Old Testament prophecy, and in so doing, publicly proclaims Himself as the Messiah: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey. Zech. 9:9 NKJV
A great crowd surrounds Jesus. They spread their clothes, as well as palm tree branches, on the road before Him; and they shout as He rides by:
“Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD! Hosanna in the highest!” Matt. 21:19 NKJV
“Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the LORD! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” Luke 19:38 NKJV
(‘Hosanna’ means ‘save now,’ and calling Jesus the ‘Son of David’ acknowledges His Messianic status.)
The Pharisees (who else?) get their feathers ruffled at the people’s display of praise and worship, and they tell Jesus to quiet them down. He responds:
“I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.” Luke 19:40 NKJV
(Jesus is telling them that the actions of His followers are legitimate. And, He is now making it public knowledge that He is the Son of God.)
Yet, as Jesus approaches Jerusalem, He is struck with a heavy heart, and He begins to weep, crying out: Would that you had known personally, even at least in your day, the things that make for peace (for freedom from all the distresses that are experienced as the result of sin and upon which your peace – your security, safety, prosperity, and happiness – depends)! But now they are hidden from your eyes. Luke 19:42 AMP
“For the days will come upon you when your enemies will throw up a barricade against you, and surround you and hem you in on every side, and they will level you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because You did not recognize the time of your visitation.” Luke 19:43, 44. NASB
Heavy words. God has given, through Jesus Christ, many opportunities for the Jews to return to Him. But the majority of them have repeatedly rejected Jesus, thus rejecting God, just as they will continue to do, right up to Jesus’ final sacrifice – because of their disappointment over the kingdom victory being a spiritual one, rather than one that was accomplished militarily.
Jesus is saying that the Jews of His day have had their chance, and they blew it in a BIG way. In His statement, Jesus is also prophesying about the total annihilation of the temple, which will take place in 70 A.D. at the hands of the Roman general Titus.
At the end of the day, Jesus and the apostles return to the city of Bethany…
If you are reading this, and you haven’t met Jesus, your time of visitation is right now. Find a Christian who will lead you in your prayer of salvation today.
Goodnight and God bless.