Holy Week Devotional - Tuesday

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During Holy Week we will be emailing daily devotionals that reflect on what happened each day during Holy Week. We hope and pray the Lord uses these devotionals, and additional resources, to encourage you and grow you in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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What Happened on Tuesday?

Suggested Readings

The lesson from the fig tree
Matthew 21:20-22; Mark 11:20-26

Jesus teaches and engages in controversies in the temple
Matthew 21:23-23:39; Mark 11:27-12:44; Luke 20:1-21:4

Jesus predicts the future
Matthew 24-25; Mark 13:1-37; Luke 21:5-36

Devotional

Jesus’s ministry reaches its culmination in its final week. Some of the most memorable moments in his ministry happen in the span of 8 days. This final week takes up nearly half of John’s gospel account. Sure, we know about the Triumphal Entry on Sunday (Matthew 21:1-11), and the Cleansing of the Temple on Monday (Mark 11:15-19), but Tuesday seems like a fairly ordinary day in Jesus’ ministry. He spoke in parables (Matthew 21:28-22:14), and he confronted false teachers that opposed him (Luke 20:45-47), yet it is important to note that every word that came out of Jesus’ mouth was intentional and served a deeper purpose, and when we approach this day with that understanding these relatively ordinary teachings and stories of Jesus come to life in a new way. Such as when Jesus was approached by the Sadducees.

A few things about this group of Jews: they were a small group that consisted primarily of wealthy and powerful leaders (Caiaphas, the chief priest who called for Jesus’ trial, was a part of the Sadducees), and two of their central beliefs were that 1) only the Torah – or law – were considered to be inspired Scriptures (Genesis through Deuteronomy), and 2) they did not believe in the resurrection of mankind in the Day of the Lord. Now, with that as the backdrop, take a moment to read Matthew 22:23-33.

Try and put yourself in Jesus’ shoes for a second. The basis of his ministry is a hope in the resurrection; if the resurrection were not true then this entire week (let alone Jesus’ entire life) would be meaningless. Jesus knows this, and so do the Sadducees. So, when the Sadducees brought this question about marriage based on a law in the Torah (Deuteronomy 25:5-10) they thought for sure that Jesus’ theology would be thwarted. Jesus’ response is a bit shocking, “You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God.” Again, these are powerful leaders of the Jewish community, many of which are priests or at least scribes and all of which have the entire first five books of the Bible (the Torah) memorized, and yet Jesus just told them and the crowd around them – You don’t understand what you’ve spent your whole life studying, you don’t even know the power of God. After he answers their question in one line (v.30) he comes to the heart of their question by using an example from what they considered to be the inspired Word of God, “I am the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob” (Exodux 3:6)…He is not God of the dead, but of the living. You see, to Jesus the hope of the resurrection is not just the comforting idea that there is happy place that you will exist in when you die. It is a hope born in the Old Testament that the God of Israel will not let evil and suffering that was brought about by the fall get the final word.

Reflection

  1. What do the Sadducees ask Jesus in regards to his theology of the resurrection? What does Jesus’ response say about the Sadducees, about God, and about Jesus? 

  2. Why does Jesus point to the patriarchs of the Jewish faith to show that God is the God of the living?

  3. Read 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. What reasons makes the resurrection the core of our Christian belief?

Worship Through Song

Resurrecting

Chorus
Your name
Your name
Is victory
All praise
Will rise
To Christ our king

Verse 1
The head that once was crowned with thorns
Is crowned with glory now
The Savior knelt to wash our feet
Now at his feet we bow

Verse 2
The one who wore our sin and shame
Now robed in majesty
The radiance of perfect love
Now shines for all to see

Verse 3
The fear that held us now gives way
To him who is our peace
His final breath upon the cross
Is now alive in me

Bridge
By your spirit I will rise
From the ashes of defeat
The resurrected king
Is resurrecting me
In your name I come alive
To declare your victory
The resurrected king
Is resurrecting me

Verse 4
The tomb where soldiers watched in vain
Was borrowed for three days
His body there would not remain
Our God has robbed the grave
Our God has robbed the grave


Additional Resources

Video: Holy Week - Tuesday

Filmed in conjunction with the book The Final Days of Jesus, this video features short explanations from and interviews with New Testament professors Grant Osborne (of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) and Andreas Köstenberger (of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) along with historian of ancient history Paul Maier (of Western Michigan University), focusing in particular on the opposition to Jesus and what angered his Jewish antagonists so much.

Holy Week Spotify Playlist

We created a Spotify playlist with music focused on Holy Week. We hope these songs will help you reflect on this momentous week, and help prepare your heart as we reflect on and celebrate these events.