Matthew 21:23; 22:1-2

Jesus entered the temple courts (for a long day of teaching), and, while he was teaching, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him. “By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you this authority?” … Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. – Matthew 21:23; 22:1-2

Dear Jesus,

You sat in the temple courts on Tuesday of your last week and you patiently endured the disrespectful challenges of hard hearted religious leaders.  You lovingly taught the saints there who longed to know you and the rescue you ferried.  You healed people and cast out demons while you knew that Satan and other demons were plotting your death.  You turned your own life inside out so that my life could be settled on higher ground.  You packed several parables into the hearts of the apostles while your own story was near its tragic climax. On Tuesday of Holy Week I see that you are the most wonderful human being that every graced earth’s depraved soil.  Thank you for staying in Jerusalem that week, for teaching our hearts irreplaceable truths and for allowing the shortsighted evil men who plotted your death to play into your Father’s hand for the redemption of my lost soul.  I can’t find the words to thank you well enough. 


Pastor Don Patterson

Tuesday of Jesus’ Last Holy Week was one of his most prolific days of gospel teaching.  Every Christian should make understanding what he said in that single day a life-long learning project.