Bible: Luke 19:28-21:38

The Triumphal Entry

19:28 After Jesus 1  had said this, he continued on ahead, 2  going up to Jerusalem. 3  19:29 Now 4  when he approached Bethphage 5  and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, 6  he sent two of the disciples, 19:30 telling them, 7  “Go to the village ahead of you. 8  When 9  you enter it, you will find a colt tied there that has never been ridden. 10  Untie it and bring it here. 19:31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ just say, ‘The Lord needs 11  it.’ 19:32 So those who were sent ahead found 12  it exactly 13  as he had told them. 19:33 As 14  they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, 15 Why are you untying that colt? 19:34 They replied, “The Lord needs it.” 19:35 Then 16  they brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks 17  on the colt, 18  and had Jesus get on 19  it. 19:36 As 20  he rode along, they 21  spread their cloaks on the road. 19:37 As he approached the road leading down from 22  the Mount of Olives, 23  the whole crowd of his 24  disciples began to rejoice 25  and praise 26  God with a loud voice for all the mighty works 27  they had seen: 28  19:38 Blessed is the king 29  who comes in the name of the Lord! 30  Peace in heaven and glory in the highest! 19:39 But 31  some of the Pharisees 32  in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” 33  19:40 He answered, 34 I tell you, if they 35  keep silent, the very stones 36  will cry out!

Jesus Weeps for Jerusalem under Judgment

19:41 Now 37  when Jesus 38  approached 39  and saw the city, he wept over it, 19:42 saying, “If you had only known on this day, 40  even you, the things that make for peace! 41  But now they are hidden 42  from your eyes. 19:43 For the days will come upon you when your enemies will build 43  an embankment 44  against you and surround you and close in on you from every side. 19:44 They will demolish you 45 you and your children within your walls 46  – and they will not leave within you one stone 47  on top of another, 48  because you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God.” 49 

Cleansing the Temple

19:45 Then 50  Jesus 51  entered the temple courts 52  and began to drive out those who were selling things there, 53  19:46 saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house will be a house of prayer,’ 54  but you have turned it into a den 55  of robbers! 56 

19:47 Jesus 57  was teaching daily in the temple courts. The chief priests and the experts in the law 58  and the prominent leaders among the people were seeking to assassinate 59  him, 19:48 but 60  they could not find a way to do it, 61  for all the people hung on his words. 62 

The Authority of Jesus

20:1 Now one 63  day, as Jesus 64  was teaching the people in the temple courts 65  and proclaiming 66  the gospel, the chief priests and the experts in the law 67  with the elders came up 68  20:2 and said to him, 69 Tell us: By what authority 70  are you doing these things? 71  Or who it is who gave you this authority? 20:3 He answered them, 72 I will also ask you a question, and you tell me: 20:4 John’s baptism 73 was it from heaven or from people? 74  20:5 So 75  they discussed it with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why did you not believe him?’ 20:6 But if we say, ‘From people,’ all the people will stone us, because they are convinced that John was a prophet.” 20:7 So 76  they replied that they did not know 77  where it came from. 20:8 Then 78  Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you 79  by whose authority 80  I do these things.”

The Parable of the Tenants

20:9 Then 81  he began to tell the people this parable: “A man 82  planted a vineyard, 83  leased it to tenant farmers, 84  and went on a journey for a long time. 20:10 When harvest time came, he sent a slave 85  to the tenants so that they would give 86  him his portion of the crop. 87  However, the tenants beat his slave 88  and sent him away empty-handed. 20:11 So 89  he sent another slave. They beat this one too, treated him outrageously, and sent him away empty-handed. 90  20:12 So 91  he sent still a third. They even wounded this one, and threw him out. 20:13 Then 92  the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What should I do? I will send my one dear son; 93  perhaps they will respect him.’ 20:14 But when the tenants saw him, they said to one another, ‘This is the heir; let’s kill him so the inheritance will be ours!’ 20:15 So 94  they threw him out of the vineyard and killed 95  him. What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 20:16 He will come and destroy 96  those tenants and give the vineyard to others.” 97  When the people 98  heard this, they said, “May this never happen! 99  20:17 But Jesus 100  looked straight at them and said, “Then what is the meaning of that which is written: ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone? 101  20:18 Everyone who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, 102  and the one on whom it falls will be crushed.” 103  20:19 Then 104  the experts in the law 105  and the chief priests wanted to arrest 106  him that very hour, because they realized he had told this parable against them. But 107  they were afraid of the people.

Paying Taxes to Caesar

20:20 Then 108  they watched him carefully and sent spies who pretended to be sincere. 109  They wanted to take advantage of what he might say 110  so that they could deliver him up to the authority and jurisdiction 111  of the governor. 20:21 Thus 112  they asked him, “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach correctly, 113  and show no partiality, but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. 114  20:22 Is it right 115  for us to pay the tribute tax 116  to Caesar 117  or not? 20:23 But Jesus 118  perceived their deceit 119  and said to them, 20:24 Show me a denarius. 120  Whose image 121  and inscription are on it?” 122  They said, “Caesar’s.” 20:25 So 123  he said to them, “Then give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 124  20:26 Thus 125  they were unable in the presence of the people to trap 126  him with his own words. 127  And stunned 128  by his answer, they fell silent.

Marriage and the Resurrection

20:27 Now some Sadducees 129  (who contend that there is no resurrection) 130  came to him. 20:28 They asked him, 131  “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies leaving a wife but no children, that man 132  must marry 133  the widow and father children 134  for his brother. 135  20:29 Now there were seven brothers. The first one married a woman 136  and died without children. 20:30 The second 137  20:31 and then the third married her, and in this same way all seven died, leaving no children. 20:32 Finally the woman died too. 20:33 In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? 138  For all seven had married her.” 139 

20:34 So 140  Jesus said to them, “The people of this age 141  marry and are given in marriage. 20:35 But those who are regarded as worthy to share in 142  that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. 143  20:36 In fact, they can no longer die, because they are equal to angels 144  and are sons of God, since they are 145  sons 146  of the resurrection. 20:37 But even Moses revealed that the dead are raised 147  in the passage about the bush, 148  where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. 149  20:38 Now he is not God of the dead, but of the living, 150  for all live before him.” 151  20:39 Then 152  some of the experts in the law 153  answered, “Teacher, you have spoken well! 154  20:40 For they did not dare any longer to ask 155  him anything.

The Messiah: David’s Son and Lord

20:41 But 156  he said to them, “How is it that they say that the Christ 157  is David’s son? 158  20:42 For David himself says in the book of Psalms,

The Lord said to my 159  lord,

Sit at my right hand,

20:43 until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”’ 160 

20:44 If David then calls him ‘Lord,’ how can he be his son? 161 

Jesus Warns the Disciples against Pride

20:45 As 162  all the people were listening, Jesus 163  said to his disciples, 20:46 Beware 164  of the experts in the law. 165  They 166  like walking around in long robes, and they love elaborate greetings 167  in the marketplaces and the best seats 168  in the synagogues 169  and the places of honor at banquets. 20:47 They 170  devour 171  widowsproperty, 172  and as a show make long prayers. They will receive a more severe punishment.”

The Widow’s Offering

21:1 Jesus 173  looked up 174  and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box. 175  21:2 He also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. 176  21:3 He 177  said, “I tell you the truth, 178  this poor widow has put in more than all of them. 179  21:4 For they all offered their gifts out of their wealth. 180  But she, out of her poverty, put in everything she had to live on.” 181 

The Signs of the End of the Age

21:5 Now 182  while some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned 183  with beautiful stones and offerings, 184  Jesus 185  said, 21:6 As for these things that you are gazing at, the days will come when not one stone will be left on another. 186  All will be torn down! 187  21:7 So 188  they asked him, 189 Teacher, when will these things 190  happen? And what will be the sign that 191  these things are about to take place? 21:8 He 192  said, “Watch out 193  that you are not misled. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he,’ 194  and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them! 21:9 And when you hear of wars and rebellions, 195  do not be afraid. 196  For these things must happen first, but the end will not come at once.” 197 

Persecution of Disciples

21:10 Then he said to them, “Nation will rise up in arms 198  against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 21:11 There will be great earthquakes, and famines 199  and plagues in various places, and there will be terrifying sights 200  and great signs 201  from heaven. 21:12 But before all this, 202  they will seize 203  you and persecute you, handing you over to the synagogues 204  and prisons. You 205  will be brought before kings and governors because of my name. 21:13 This will be a time for you to serve as witnesses. 206  21:14 Therefore be resolved 207  not to rehearse 208  ahead of time how to make your defense. 21:15 For I will give you the words 209  along with the wisdom 210  that none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict. 21:16 You will be betrayed even by parents, 211  brothers, relatives, 212  and friends, and they will have some of you put to death. 21:17 You will be hated by everyone because of my name. 213  21:18 Yet 214  not a hair of your head will perish. 215  21:19 By your endurance 216  you will gain 217  your lives. 218 

The Desolation of Jerusalem

21:20But when you see Jerusalem 219  surrounded 220  by armies, then know that its 221  desolation 222  has come near. 21:21 Then those who are in Judea must flee 223  to the mountains. Those 224  who are inside the city must depart. Those 225  who are out in the country must not enter it, 21:22 because these are days of vengeance, 226  to fulfill 227  all that is written. 21:23 Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing their babies in those days! For there will be great distress 228  on the earth and wrath against this people. 21:24 They 229  will fall by the edge 230  of the sword and be led away as captives 231  among all nations. Jerusalem 232  will be trampled down by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. 233 

The Arrival of the Son of Man

21:25And there will be signs in the sun and moon and stars, 234  and on the earth nations will be in distress, 235  anxious 236  over the roaring of the sea and the surging waves. 21:26 People will be fainting from fear 237  and from the expectation of what is coming on the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 238  21:27 Then 239  they will see the Son of Man arriving in a cloud 240  with power and great glory. 21:28 But when these things 241  begin to happen, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption 242  is drawing near.”

The Parable of the Fig Tree

21:29 Then 243  he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the other trees. 244  21:30 When they sprout leaves, you see 245  for yourselves and know that summer is now near. 21:31 So also you, when you see these things happening, know 246  that the kingdom of God 247  is near. 21:32 I tell you the truth, 248  this generation 249  will not pass away until all these things take place. 21:33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. 250 

Be Ready!

21:34But be on your guard 251  so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day close down upon you suddenly like a trap. 252  21:35 For 253  it will overtake 254  all who live on the face of the whole earth. 255  21:36 But stay alert at all times, 256  praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that must 257  happen, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

21:37 So 258  every day Jesus 259  was teaching in the temple courts, 260  but at night he went and stayed 261  on the Mount of Olives. 262  21:38 And all the people 263  came to him early in the morning to listen to him in the temple courts. 264 

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