The Chronological Gospel –

Holy Week: Wednesday Part 2,
Be Ready!

Matthew 24:36-41, Luke 21:34-36, Mark 13:33, Be alert! Be on guard!
Mark 13:34-36, Matthew 24:43-51, Mark 13:37, Parables about Readiness
Matthew 25:1-13, Parable of the Ten Virgins
Matthew 25:14-30, Parable of the Talents, revisited
Matthew 25:31-46, Parable of the Sheep and the Goats
Matthew 26:1-12, Predictions and omens of Jesus’ death
Luke 22:3-4, Matthew 26:15a, Luke 22:5, Matthew 15b, Luke 22:6, Judas decides to betray Jesus.

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Matthew 24:36-41, Luke 21:34-36, Mark 13:33, Be alert! Be on guard! (9/4/14)

No angel, and not even Jesus, knows when the end will come. Needless to say, neither do I, nor you. Be ready!

Mark 13:34-36, Matthew 24:43-51, Mark 13:37, Parables about Readiness (9/5/14)

Jesus says that since no one knows when the end times will come, it’s necessary to be ready at all times. This also applies to you personally – God loves you and will be really sad if you die right before the moment you intended to turn to him! Death-bed conversion are much better than no conversion at all, providing you live to make one.

Matthew 25:1-13, Parable of the Ten Virgins (9/8/14)

Jesus taught this famous parable on Wednesday of Holy Week. His point: Be ready! You might not get a second chance.

Matthew 25:14-30, Parable of the Talents, revisited (9/9/14)

The interesting thing to me about this parable is that the servant who gives back exactly what his master gave to him is not only slothful (which we can all agree on), but also wicked. Now, I can see that if I stole something from my master, that would be wicked. Apparently not bringing my master a positive gain is also wicked! So Jesus says, “Be ready!” And in the meantime, he says, “Be fruitful!”

Matthew 25:31-46, Parable of the Sheep and the Goats (9/10/14)

Jesus concludes his teaching on Wednesday of Holy Week with the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats. It’s a little more pointed than the two previous parables: Be ready! Be fruitful! Or be sorry!

Matthew 26:1-12, Predictions and omens of Jesus’ death (9/11/14)

When we learn that a friend or family member has died or has been diagnosed with a fatal disease, we say, “Oh, no!” I suspect that mostly we don’t mean, “Oh, no, I grieve.” I think we mean, “Oh, no, there must be some mistake.” Jesus told his disciples straight out that his own death was by far the mostly likely ending to the growing polarization between himself and the religious establishment. He believed it, the high priests and elders believed it, and the woman in this story believed it. But apparently his disciples couldn’t believe it.

Luke 22:3-4, Matthew 26:15a, Luke 22:5, Matthew 15b, Luke 22:6, Judas decides to betray Jesus. (9/12/14)

We don’t know Judas Iscariot’s motive in betraying Jesus, although that has not kept people from speculating about it. We do know it was a premeditated act, and one that he stood to profit from. If one of Jesus’ chosen few disciples, one who had spent much time in his company, could commit such a grievous sin, then any one of us is vulnerable. Pray to be kept from temptation, and pray for strength to resist it.

More of The Chronological Gospel

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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