(I deeply apologize for having incorrect links to the last five passages of Mark in yesterday’s blog, Passion Week in the Gospel of Mark. They have been corrected.)
Just two days left on our journey before our Lord celebrates the Passover meal with His disciples. Tomorrow night, Jesus will sit amongst his beloved disciples and eat His last supper with them. Today’s reading brings us to the gospel of Luke. The reader will find not find any new material within the pages, but will find the same scenes recorded in the gospels of Matthew and Mark worded from the vantage point of Luke’s eyes.
Often times it is easier just to read someone’s thoughts instead of reading the Bible in thoughtful prayer and seeking what God wants to reveal to you. So today I would like you to read for yourself the account in Luke instead of reading the accounts and my reflections. After all this is your heart you are preparing and not mine. As I did yesterday, I have posted all the accounts recorded in Matthew and Mark that correspond to the ones in Luke. There are only three accounts not found in Luke that are found in Matthew and Mark: Primary Commandments (Mark 12:28-34; Matthew 22:34-40); Question about the Messiah (Mark 12:35-37; Matthew 22:41-46) and Persecutions Predicted (Mark 13:9-13; Matthew 24:9-14).
Please do not let the familiarity of the scriptures take away from the Holy Spirit being able to reveal new truths to your heart. We can read the Bible over and over again and still not know it all. May we not take the same attitude of the scribes and Pharisees who thought themselves to be more righteous than others because of their knowledge of the word. For it is not knowledge Christ wants us to have, but a closer relationship with Him that only comes through spending time in His word and in prayer. May your time with Him today be sweet! “Taste and see that the LORD is good (Psalm 34:8)!!
Cleansing the Temple Complex (Luke19:45-48; Mark 11:15-19; Matthew 21:12-13)
Messiah’s Authority challenged (Luke20:1-8; Mark 11:27-33; Matthew 21:23-26)
Parable of the Vineyard Owner (Luke20:9-19; Mark 12:1-12; Matthew 21:33-46)
God and Caesar (Luke 20:20-26; Mark 12:13-17; Matthew 22:15-22)
Sadducees and the Resurrection (Luke20:27-44; Mark 12:18-27; Matthew 22:23-33)
Warning against the scribes (Luke20:45-47; Mark 12:38-40; Matthew 23:5-7, 14)
The Widow’s Gift (Luke 21:1-4; Mark12:41-44)
Destruction of the Temple Predicted (Luke 21:5-6; Mark 13:1-2; Matthew 24:1-8)
Signs of the End of the Age (Luke21:7-19; Mark 13:3-8; Matthew 24:3-8)
The Great Tribulation (Luke21:20-24; Mark 13:14-23; Matthew 24:15-28)
The Coming of the Son of Man (Luke21:25-28; Mark 13:24-27; Matthew 24:29-31)
The Parable of the Fig Tree (Luke21:29-33; Mark 13:28-31; Matthew 24:32-35)
No One Knows the Day or Hour (Luke21:34-38; Mark 13:32-37; Matthew 24:36-44)
My Heart’s Prayer: Lord, help me to taste your glory today as I leave Your presence in the Lord. My your presence be on my lips, in my hands, through my eyes and in my feet as I enter this day you have given me. Help my heart to beat as your heart beats. In Jesus Name, Amen.