Tuesday. Poured Out.

I read Mark 11:20-26 and Matthew 21:23 – chapter 25

I keep a quote on my refrigerator by Oliver Wendell Holmes: Don’t die with the music still in you.

It comes to mind as I stare at a list of all Jesus said and did on this day. It is astonishing.

He returns to Jerusalem, past the now-shriveling fig tree. The disciples ask how? Jesus answers with why. The tree was not cursed because it was barren, but because it was false. Leafy, but fruitless. Prayer without faith is false. Prayer with faith moves mountains.

Matthew gives us 4½ long chapters of Jesus’ teaching. There is a terrible intensity in the parables and the warnings. And in the middle of it all, He observes a widow and her penny. And talks about that, too.

Before the end of this day, the chief priests will withdraw to seriously plan His execution.

And there is His final departure from the Temple.

Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives

But Jesus is not finished. He climbs the slope of the Mount of Olives and delivers a powerful discourse on the destruction of Jerusalem. Then more parables. And the final judgment.

The readings for today are lengthy and, to be truthful, exhausting.

But I will read it all.

I will hear the profound urgency in this great pouring out of His final teachings and prophecies. In His voice is an almost desperate effort to Leave Nothing Unsaid.

I will hear my name in every chapter. Work, Savior, a thorough work in me.

In the next 24 hours, Judas will make his deal with the chief priests.

And when Jesus dies, He dies with nothing left but love.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you for this!! Beautiful!!

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  2. You make the Word a rich meal. “Give us this day our daily bread…” Here you read and digest the Word, then, having chewed it well, you feed your friends … the baby chicks … so we eat well the Word with you. Blessings for your depth of understanding.

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