The Events of Jesus’ Last Week (Monday and Tuesday)

Monday (yesterday), in the chronology of Holy Week or Passion Week, was the day on which Jesus cursed the barren fig tree (Matthew 21:18-19; Mark 11:12-14) and cleansed the temple for the second time (Matthew 21:12-17; Mark 11:15-19; Luke 19:45-48).

Today (Tuesday) marks the last day of Jesus’ public ministry, as well as his last day in the temple.  He arrived early in Jerusalem, and stayed for a long time, not returning to his lodgings in Bethany until quite late that night.

Tuesday’s events (including the sighting of the withered fig tree from Monday) are recounted in Matthew 21:20-25:46, Mark 11:20-13:37, Luke 20-21, and John 12:20-50.

It would be very appropriate to read these passages, or at least some of them, today.

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