Final week in Jerusalem

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In the final week of his life, Jesus warned his disciples about the hypocrisy of the religious leaders. The Pharisees loved seats of honor, and wore special clothing that drew attention to themselves in order to be greeted with respect in public. He called the Pharisees "blind guides" because they taught God's law but failed to obey it.

Monday - Jesus cleanses the Temple

Mark 11:11-26, Matthew 21:23-46

Tuesday - Jews question Jesus

Matthew 22:1-46

Wednesday - Warnings about Scribes and Pharisees

Matthew 23:1-39

Thursday - Jesus prophesies the fall of Jerusalem

Matthew 24:1-51

Friday - Parables of 10 Virgins and the Talents. Crucifixion prophesied.

Matthew 25:1 – 26:2

Eyewitness: Philip

Philip was one of the first apostles. He brought Nathaniel to Jesus. Philip was from the seaside village of Bethsaida, the hometown of Peter and Andrew. Like Andrew, Philip may have been a disciple of John the Baptist (John 1:35-51).

Jesus tested Philip before feeding the 5000. A multitude had followed Jesus to a deserted place. Looking at the great crowd, Jesus asked Philip, "Where shall we buy bread that these may eat?" Philip indicated that 200 days wages would not feed such a crowd. Jesus then fed the 5000 by breaking 5 barley loaves and 2 fish (John 6:1-14). In the upper room, Philip said to Jesus, "Lord, show us the Father and it is sufficient for us." Jesus answered, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father, so how can you say, 'Show us the Father?" (John 14:8-9).

Some believe that Philip the apostle was also the evangelist mentioned in Acts. This Philip preached in Samaria, and performed great miracles of Healing. He converted Simon the Sorcerer. Philip also baptized the Ethiopian Eunuch (Acts 8:5-40).

Did you know?

Jerusalem fell to the Romans in 70 AD. Jesus predicted Jerusalem's fall approximately 40 years before it occurred. Of Jerusalem, Jesus said, "Assuredly I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down." When the Roman siege ended, Titus ordered that the city be leveled, fulfilling Christ's prophecy (Matthew 24:1-2).

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