Jesus was at a dinner at the home of a man named Simon the Leper. Other guests included Lazarus, whom Jesus raised from the dead, as well as Lazarus’ sisters Martha and Mary.
Here’s what happened:
Are you a sheep or a goat? Believe it or not, that’s a question with eternal implications.
For the past several days, we’ve been discussing Jesus’ Olivet Discourse — a series of lessons he taught on the Mount of Olives during his final week on this planet. Today, we reach the heart-hitting conclusion of that teaching:
Yesterday, Jesus gave us a glimpse of the future. Today, he emphasizes some of his key points in this poignant parable:
It’s Jesus’ final week on earth. He and his disciples were leaving the temple, which prompted this conversation:
One of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!”
“Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus. “Not one stone here will be left on another, every one will be thrown down.”
Later, as Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives across from the temple, Peter, James, John and Andrew came to him him privately. They asked him when this would happen and what the sign would be of “his coming and of the end of the age.”
Jesus’ response blew their minds and still boggles theologians today. Few people have read this critically important passage — known as the Olivet Discourse — all the way through in one sitting. Don’t be one of those people. Please read it right now, asking the Spirit to help you dive deeeeeply into each word:
Jesus was watching as the crowd put its money into the temple treasury. Many rich people tossed in big amounts. But a poor widow came and put in only two very small coins worth about a fourth of a penny.
Jesus called his disciples to him and said: