“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him,
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ “This is the first and great commandment. “And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Matthew 22: 36-40
“And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive your trespasses. “But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.”
Mark 11: 25-26
Tuesday of Holy week finds Jesus and His disciples again walking from Bethany where they spent the night to Jerusalem. Notably, Holy Tuesday is benchmarked for Jesus going to The Mount of Olives. However, look what happened on His way there. As Jesus and the Disciples are walking into Jerusalem, and Peter mentions the fig tree now being withered which Jesus cursed yesterday, Jesus uses the withered fig tree to teach them about Faith and Forgiveness.
Now they come to Jerusalem to enter the temple and the chief priests, the scribes and the elders came to Jesus questioning His authority to do the works He was performing. However, when the scribes and chief priests and elders would not answer Jesus’ questions about the baptism of John the Baptist, Jesus would not tell them what they had asked of Him.
Then they asked more questions with the intent of tripping Him up; questions on paying taxes, marriage and family, and then, about the two great commandments; Love God and Love your neighbor, and about giving out of your personal need.
All of these things happened on the way to the Mount of Olives!
Once Jesus gets to the Mount of Olives. His concern is for His disciples, “Take heed that no one deceives you.” (Mark 13:5) Jesus then speaks prophetically about the end times, and warns His disciples to not be troubled. His command is clear, “And the gospel must first be preached to all the nations.” (Mark 13:10) He also tells them when they are arrested (and they will be) to not worry about what they will say because it will be the Holy Spirit speaking through them. As always, Jesus speaks through parables and cautions the disciples to not be sleeping and to be vigilant “Watch!” (Mark 13:37)
A remarkable day! Jesus teaches on Faith and Forgiveness, loving God and loving your neighbor, giving out of your need not your abundance. Commands the disciples to preach the Gospel to all the nations, warns them to not be deceived, comforts them to not worry and finally to be watchful for the return of the Master.
(And you think your days are busy!)
The parallels between then and now, current day America are striking! Authority questioned, fruitless faith, deceptions by government and church leaders.
Kingdom Man are you ready and willing to heed the commands of Jesus Christ?
Are you practiced in observing the two commandments given to us by Jesus?
Have you forgiven those who have trespassed against you? God’s part is to do His Word…our part is to Believe in Him…do you?