Easter Week Devotional Guide: Day 3

Meredith Flynn —  March 26, 2013

Step by Step: Following Jesus from the Palms Parade to the Resurrection

EasterDay 3: Tuesday, March 26
The confrontations (Matthew 21:23-32, 22:34-46; 26:6-16)

The Tuesday accounts read like a boxing match: The elders question his authority; Jesus tells them harlots will enter the kingdom before unbelieving religious leaders.

The priests and lawyers try to trip him up with trick questions; Jesus confounds them with amazing answers.

Ultimately, he silences the tricksters. The match goes to Jesus. But the confrontations leave Jesus weeping over the sorry spiritual state of the city where Israel should meet and worship God (Matt. 23:27).

Later Jesus pulls his disciples aside for deep teaching on the end times. And from the Mount of Olives they retreat at evening to Bethany, where a woman causes a squabble when she anoints Jesus for his burial. “Love the Lord your God with all…” he taught earlier that day, and she did.

Having seen her offering, Judas made a different – and fatal – choice.

Lord, at various times we behave like all the people you encountered. Prevent us from argumentative debate and traitorous bargaining. We want to give you our very best.

Devotion by Eric Reed, artwork by Kerry Jackson

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Meredith is managing editor of the Illinois Baptist newspaper.