Scripture Reading: Matthew 21:25-28:46
As you can see from the number of verses, this was a busy day for Jesus. He preached and taught in Jerusalem from early morning till late at night. When the sun went down on Tuesday, His earthly teaching was done.
What was Jesus’ last teaching?
As dusk approached, Jesus told the "Parable of the Talents" to remind to keep watch. In those final moments before His teaching ministry came to an end, He told His listeners, in essence, "You have one life.” That's it. Some of you have all kinds of gifts and abilities; some of you have less. But don't squander the one and only "life" God has given you. Do something noble and great with it. Jesus knew His physical life on earth was almost over, and He was leaving final words for us.
He told the Jesus told the "Parable of the Ten Virgins "to foretell His return. Jesus prophesied about His Second Coming and the Last Judgment. He talked about the Greatest Commandment and the signs of the times. He gave warnings and He gave woes.
On Tuesday Jesus’ authority was questioned. He replied to the wily questions of the Pharisees and scribes who tried to trap Him. Jesus rebuked them for their envy and deceit.
Tuesday was indeed a busy day for Jesus!
Reflect on Jesus' last earthly teaching.
You are invited to read Lenten lesson for Day 43.