.. sees), the Lost Coin (to search and reach everyone with his teaching), the Lost Son (perished and saved, lost and is found), the Shrewd Manager (faithfulness is not determined by the amount entrusted but by the character of the person who uses it), the Persistent Widow (God will not delay his support of the chosen ones when they are right), the Pharisee and the Tax Collector (he who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted), the Ten Minas (those who seek spiritual gain in the gospel, for themselves and others, will become richer, and those who neglect or squander what is given them will become impoverished), and the Tenants (the servants who were sent to the tenants represent the prophets God sent in former times who were rejected). During this time Pharisees came to Jesus and told him to leave Jerusalem because Herod wanted to kill him.
Herod and his men were watching him closely. He described the cost of being a disciple.He said that one must love Jesus even more than his immediate family, to give up everything, the cost is complete surrender to him. The ministry of Jesus was a fulfillment of law. He taught adultery was still adultery. “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.” He concluded one exception-marital unfaithfulness. Jesus taught of repentance, forgiveness, and duty.
He told the Pharisees that, “The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you.” Then he said to his disciples, “The time is coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it.Men will tell you, ‘There his is!’ or ‘Here he is!’ Do not go running off after them.” Jesus taught that, “anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” He told the rich man, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.
” Jesus again predicted his death by saying, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled.” At the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples to retrieve a colt. In doing so he made his Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem.
Every day he was teaching at the temple, the chief priests were trying to find a way to kill him but it was impossible because the people hung on his every word. The chief priest questioned his authority, they sent spies. The Passover was approaching, Jesus sent Peter and John to prepare. When the hour came Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table.And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.
” After taking the cup, he gave thanks. And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it. After the supper questions arose from the disciples who would be the one to betray Jesus. Which disciple was considered to be the greatest.The disciple, Simon Peter, said, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.” Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.” While speaking to a crowd Jesus was arrested and lead away to the high priest.
Peter followed at a distance, denying that he knew Jesus. Peter wept because he realized that what Jesus had said about him denying him had come true. While imprisoned the guards mocked and beat Jesus. When they presented Jesus to Pilate he could find no basis for the charges brought against him.
But the crowd insisted that Jesus was causing trouble so on finding out that Jesus was under Herod’s jurisdiction Pilate sent him there to be prosecuted.But Jesus gave Herod no answers and they ridiculed and mocked him. Herod then sent him back to Pilate. Pilate explained I can find no fault with this man, neither can Herod. As you can see he has done nothing to deserve death, I will punish and release him. But the crowd shouted, “Away with this man release Barabbas.” Pilate appealed to the crowd but they cried, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” For the third and final time he pleaded with them but they demanded crucifixion. Pilate fearing for his safety, surrendered Jesus to them.
As they led him away, Simon carried the cross behind Jesus. A large crowd of people followed. Jesus consoled the women that cried for him. When they came to the place called the Skull, he was then crucified with one criminal on the right and one criminal on the left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.” The people sneered at Jesus, the soldiers mocked him by offering him wine vinegar. In the sixth hour darkness came over the land, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, Jesus spoke, “Father, into your hand I commit my spirit.
” It was done.A man named Joseph, a member of the Council, took down the body, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb, one in which no one had yet been laid. The Sabbath was about to begin. The people rested, prepared spices and perfumes. On the first day of the week the women returned to the tomb to find the stone rolled away, they did not find the body of Jesus. But two men appeared and said, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was with you in Galilee.
” On that same day two of Jesus’ disciples were traveling from Jerusalem to Emmaus, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them but they did not recognize him.At the village Jesus stopped and ate with them. While eating, Jesus broke the bread, immediately they recognized him. He showed them the scares on his hands and feet. He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” When he lead them to Bethany he lifted up his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.
They worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. Staying at the temple, praising God.