New Covenant Community Church
FOOTSTEPS TO THE CROSS (2)
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    255 Edgewood Ave, Audubon, NJ 08106, USA
    Sunday 10:15 AM
FOOT STEPS TO THE CROSS 2
The Final Week

Overview
· Jesus has a plan to teach during the week of the Passover.
· Jerusalem was normally a city of 30,000 people. During the Passover it could swell to 300,000 people who journey there for the Passover Celebration.

Pontius Pilate normally traveled to Jerusalem for the Passover in order to oversee its’ security. His presence enforced the message that any public conflict would be dealt with swiftly and harshly.
· Jesus’plan to be very visible during Passover week was a calculated in order to force the issue of His ministry and message.
· The Jewish leadership wanted to kill him.Rome wanted order.

Matthew 26:1 When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples, 2 “As you know, Passover begins in two days, and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.” 3 At that same time the leading priests and elders were meeting at the residence of Caiaphas, the high priest, 4 plotting how to capture Jesus secretly and kill him.5 “But not during the Passover celebration,” they agreed, “or the people may riot.”

Luke 21:37 Every day Jesus went to the Temple to teach, and each evening he returned to spend the night on the Mount of Olives. 38 The crowds gathered at the Temple early each morning to hear him.


Jesus in The Temple

· Jesus clears the temple (Money)
· His authority is challenged by the Pharisees (Hypocrisy) Luke 20:1-8
· Parable of the evil farmers - ‘The stone the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.
· Luke 20:25 “Well then,” he said, “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.” (Money and taxissue answered in a way that they could not argue with.)
· Resurrection Luke 20
· Whose Son is the Messiah? Luke 20
· Widows Offering Luke 21
· End Times Luke 21:5-34
· Luke 21:33 Heaven and earth will disappear
· Luke 22 – The Last supper and betrayal.
Jesus’ Triumphal Entry
Luke 19:29-36 As he came to the towns of Bethphage and Bethany on the Mount of Olives, he sent two disciples ahead. 30 “Go into that village over there,” he told them. “As you enter it, you will see a young donkey tied there that no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks, ‘Why are you untying that colt?’ just say, ‘The Lord needs it.’”

32 So they went and found the colt, just as Jesus had said. 33 And sure enough, as they were untying it, the owners asked them, “Why are you untying that colt?” 34 And the disciples simply replied, “The Lord needs it.” 35 So they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their garments over it for him to ride on. 36 As he rode along, the crowds spread out their garments on the road ahead of him.

Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your kingcomes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

· DONKEY- When Jesus indicates to his disciples that he should ride on a donkey that no one had ever ridden before, he is initiating a public, kingly act. He is indicating that He is the Messiah.

· 2 Kings 9:13 When the people were aware that Jehu had been anointed king of Israel, they spread their cloaks for him to walk on as they announced him King of Israel.
· Mark 11:8 tells us, "Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields".
· Jesus THE KING entering the place of His ultimate rejection

Luke 19:37 When he reached the place where the road started down the Mount of Olives, all of his followers began to shout and sing as they walked along, praising God for all the wonderful miracles they had seen. 38 “Blessings on the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in highest heaven!”
Jesus Weeps over Jerusalem

Luke 19:41-44 But as he came closer to Jerusalem and saw the city ahead, he began to weep.42 “How I wish today that you of all people would understand the way to peace. But now it is too late, and peace is hidden from your eyes.
· Even though Christ knew he would be rejected, he poured out His life as if he’d be embraced

Luke 19:43 Before long your enemies will build ramparts against your walls and encircle you and close in on you from every side. 44 They will crush you into the ground, and your children with you. Your enemies will not leave a single stone in place, because you did not recognize it when God visited you.”
· Luke 17:25 But first the Son of Man must suffer terribly and be rejected by this generation.
· John 1:10 He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him.11 He came to his own people, and even they rejected him.