Thank you for joining us today as we retrace the last steps of Jesus.
Holy Tuesday was a very busy day for Jesus. The bulk of His final teachings come on this day. So much teaching, I will not be able to cover all of it here. I have added links to my posts in an old series I wrote on Holy Week. I encourage you to take the time to read the three post referring to Holy Tuesday.
Once again, please keep in mind that the timeline of this week is a rough estimate. While the stories themselves in the Gospels are essentially the same, the timeline is not (John’s is the most different).
Also keep in mind that the Gospel followed the Jewish Calendar, in which days were counted from sun down to sun down. Therefore, day 3 would be our Monday evening to our Tuesday evening.
For those of you who prefer videos here is a brief look at some of Jesus’ teachings on Tuesday.
Holy Week: Day 3 (Part One): please click on the pink title
I wrote the above series in 2014. I have since learned a few things so, as we go forward, you will see where God has taught and grew me.
This year, the message that captivates me is Matthew 25:31-46:
The Son of Man Will Judge the Nations
31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy[a] angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; 43 I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’
44 “Then they also will answer Him,[b] saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’45 Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ 46 And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
Let me ask you today, “What have you done or what are you doing for the least of these?”
Are you helping to feed the poor? Are you reaching out to strangers? Been to a prison or jail lately? What have you done for the sick?
Don’t just pass over this. Jesus was clear. He will separate the sheep from the goats by THIS standard. We can say we love and follow Jesus but our actions tell the truth. There are ministries out there that need your help. There are people out there that need your help. You have God encounters more than you think. Times when God is calling you to reach out to others. Do you hear him? Are you listening for Him?
I encourage you today, this Holy Tuesday, to look for an opportunity to reach out to those in need. And, then, keep doing it.
Be Blessed and Be a Blessing,