What did Jesus do between Palm Sunday and the day he was crucified

Jesus was actually very busy on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and part of Thursday. He did not spend the night in Jerusalem, but he did go to the temple each day and taught. He previously ran the moneychangers out of the temple. A second benefit of him being in the temple those several days kept the moneychangers from returning.

Mary, Martha, and their brother Lazarus were close friends of Jesus. Lazarus was the man Jesus rose from the dead. Members of the Sanhedrin Court wanted to kill Lazarus but was unable to coordinate the assassination. Each evening Jesus would go to their house for supper and a place to sleep before returning to Jerusalem the next day. At a meal Mary anointed the head of Jesus in anticipation of his death. She was aware of the bitter negatives from the enemies of Christ. Then she used some of the remaining oil to anoint his feet wiping them with her hair. Judas was the chief criticizer of her efforts complaining that the money should have been given to the poor.

The disciples needed to learn as much as possible from Jesus before his death. They were still saturated with Jewish teachings. Christ needed to transition them to an understanding of the man they walked with during the three years that he was actually God, and his body would be the ultimate sacrifice for the sins of mankind. He was the real true Messiah. They had to make a mental and spiritual rebirth to the true identity of Jesus. He taught this many times in the previous years but in the last few days he needed to drive the lesson home.

While walking into Jerusalem to resume the work of his ministry with the disciples they passed the fruitless fig tree. They noticed that it withered away after being cursed by Jesus a few days before. This gave Jesus an opportunity to teach the disciples about forgiving other people that offended them.

It would appear that the chief priests, scribes, and elders had the upper hand in disputing with Jesus even though he did put them in their place. They earnestly conspired to murder Jesus. Judas accepted a bribe to identify Christ so they might arrest him. They found themselves on the defense more than ever by the blunt attacking words spoken by Jesus. Even though they were silenced by Jesus, they did not repent.

In private Jesus shared with his disciples a prophetic answer to their questions about the future. Keep in mind these were questions from Jewish disciples to a Jewish Messiah about the future of the Jews. In the New Testament his answer took several chapters. He dealt with the coming crisis by the destruction of Jerusalem. Jesus directed their attention to what would be called the end of the world. Finally, he dealt with the subject of his second coming at the end of the age. This is when he referred to the times of Noah and the sinfulness of man.

Jesus used a variety of parables to teach about the Kingdom. He told about the duty assigned to the Porter, the vigilance needed by the master, the power of the thief who tried to dig through the wall. Also, he taught about the misconduct of the overseeing servant, the ten wise virgins, and the parable of the money the master gave three servants one of which was disobedient. Then he zeroed in on his second coming.

It is important to notice that after Jesus and the disciples observed the Passover, he instituted what we call the Lord’s Supper or communion. During that time, he washed their feet to demonstrate the necessity of humility as part of the ministry. Since Judas already left to betray Christ, the eleven and Jesus walked toward the Garden of Gethsemane, he prayed a lengthy prayer for you and me that is recorded in the seventeenth chapter of John.

In all that Jesus did, he rebuked hypocrites, taught the faithful, declared his divine authority, and prayed for you and me. The days before his crucifixion were very busy. Of special note is that he was busy for the sake of other people, not himself.

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