The Chronological Gospel –

Holy Week: Palm Sunday and Monday

John 12:12, Mark 11:1-10, Matthew 21:4-5, John 12:17-19, Luke 19:39-40, John 12:16, Triumphal Entry to Jerusalem
Luke 19:41-44, Matthew 21:10-11, Mark 11:11, Sunday. Jesus enters Jerusalem and looks things over in the Temple.
Mark 11:12-18, Matthew 21:14-16, Luke 19:47-48, Monday. Jesus cleanses the Temple again and teaches and heals there.
John 12:20-36, Apparently Monday. Teaching
John 12:37-50, Matthew 21:17, Monday evening. Comments by John; Jesus goes out to Bethany.

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John 12:12, Mark 11:1-10, Matthew 21:4-5, John 12:17-19, Luke 19:39-40, John 12:16, Triumphal Entry to Jerusalem (8/8/14)

We normally celebrate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem as “Palm Sunday.” That’s possible, and it seems to agree with John’s statement that this was the day after Jesus arrived in Bethany “six days before the Passover.” Now that I’ve started planning the next installment of “The Chronological Gospel,” however, I’m beginning to wonder. It would mean that Jesus was traveling on the Sabbath, contrary to his usual custom. It would have been possible to cram everything that Jesus did in Jerusalem before the crucifixion into five days, but they would have been busy days. Furthermore, John’s schedule and Mark’s schedule (followed by Matthew and Luke) are just about impossible to reconcile. So remember, the Gospel writers weren’t keeping the log of the Starship Enterprise. The liturgical calendar is a wonderful device for ordering worship, but it isn’t necessarily exact with regard to dates. Read your Bible carefully and ask yourself which is more important: what happened, or the day of the week that it happened on.

Luke 19:41-44, Matthew 21:10-11, Mark 11:11, Sunday. Jesus enters Jerusalem and looks things over in the Temple. (8/11/14)

Well, blow me down. I always thought that when Jesus, riding the foal of the donkey, came into sight of Jerusalem, he said, “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, ... how often have I desired to gather thy children to me...” Nope. That was later in the week, while he was teaching in the Temple. Coming into the city, he prophesies its destruction. This chronological study continues to surprise me; how about you?

Mark 11:12-18, Matthew 21:14-16, Luke 19:47-48, Monday. Jesus cleanses the Temple again and teaches and heals there. (8/12/14)

There are significant differences between John’s account of Jesus’ cleansing of the Temple near the beginning of his ministry (John 2) and this account in Matthew, Mark, and Luke, near the end of his ministry. My opinion is that Jesus cleansed the Temple twice, as reported. Not everybody agrees.

John 12:20-36, Apparently Monday. Teaching (8/13/14)

You have probably noticed that when we’re reading from Matthew, Mark, or Luke in this chronological study, we switch back and forth a lot among the three. (As a matter of fact, Dr. Daniel switches back and forth a lot more than we have been, because his book format allows him to include every detail that’s in any of the Gospels. That would be pretty tough for us here, so I’ve tried to balance the switching with ease of preparing and reading emails.)

In contrast, when we’re reading from the Gospel of John, we’re mostly reading from the Gospel of John. This is because John emphasized the Judean ministry of Jesus, which had been largely neglected by the earlier writers Mark, Matthew, and Luke. Consequently it can be tricky to determine exactly how to interleave the events reported by John with the events reported by Mark, Matthew, and Luke. For the most part, I’m following Dr. Daniel’s lead, and he puts these events on Monday of Holy Week.

John 12:37-50, Matthew 21:17, Monday evening. Comments by John; Jesus goes out to Bethany. (8/14/14)

Have you ever said, “If I hadn’t seen it, I wouldn’t have believed it”? The opposite is sometimes just as true: “If I hadn’t believed it, I wouldn’t have seen it.”

The Gospel of John is all about belief and unbelief. Normally we see Matthew quoting the Old Testament, but here John quotes Isaiah on the topic of belief. John 12:38 quotes Isaiah 53:1 exactly from the Septuagint (the Greek Old Testament). John 12:40 quotes Isaiah 6:10 less exactly. John may have been translating from the Hebrew, or he may have been paraphrasing. John’s point in the quotations and his own comment is this: some of the people were so convinced that Jesus was an imposter that they couldn’t see or understand that his miracles proved that he had been sent by God.

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Birth Announcements and Early Lives of Jesus and John the Baptist
Early Ministries of Jesus and John the Baptist
Jesus’ Early Ministry
Jesus’ Galilean Ministry
Sabbath Controversies
The Sermon on the Mount
The Sermon on the Plain
John the Baptist
Signs and Parables
Miracles and Mission Trips
Bread of Life
Miracles and Meanings
Transfiguration and Teachings
To Jerusalem for the Festival of Tabernacles
Some Results of Luke’s Research
Light
More of Luke’s Research
On the Road Again
The Raising of Lazarus
Holy Week: Palm Sunday and Monday
Holy Week: Tuesday, Parables and Questions
Holy Week: Wednesday Part 1, Discussions
Holy Week: Wednesday Part 2, Be Ready!
Holy Week: Thursday Part 1, Jesus' Celebration of the Passover
Holy Week: Thursday Part 2, Jesus' Farewell Discourse
Holy Week: Friday Part 1, Jesus' Arrest and Two Informal Trials
Holy Week: Friday Part 2, More Trials
Holy Week: Friday, Part 3, and Saturday, Jesus' Death and Burial
The Empty Tomb
Final Appearances of Jesus Prior to Pentecost

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