Luke 22:19-20 (NIV):  last supper

And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.

Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus

Matthew 26:14-16 New International Version (NIV) Judas

Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.

Judas was greedy and from his greed, stemmed other sins like lying to his master and the other apostles and his lack of concern for others, shown by stealing the funds that Jesus had reserved to help the poor, (John 12:4-6).

Jesus Curses a Fig Tree

Matthew 21:18-22 NIV Fig tree

Early in the morning, as Jesus was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered. When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. “How did the fig tree wither so quickly?” they asked. Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

Jesus at the TempleHolyWeekMonday Jesus

Mark 11:15-18 (NIV):
On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.”

Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King – Triumphant Entry
Palm Sunday Jesus

Matthew 21:8
A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,
“Hosanna to the Son of David!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

The Palm Sunday is so significant in the ministry of Jesus on earth that it is mentioned in all the four Gospels. Jesus entered Jerusalem knowing full well that He was going to die; to offer as a sacrifice Himself for the sins of all mankind.

Psalm 19:1-4 The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world

Just a really quick thought for the day today.  These words from Psalm 19 remind us that although we may be stuck indoors for much of the following weeks, unless you work in an essential role (if you do – Thank you for all you do for us all!), there is a world full of wonder outside just waiting for us to go and see it again.

I recently heard the phrase ‘You are what you eat’ and in a flash, it took me right back to being 6 years old and wondering (in a state of sheer panic) what would happen to me next. To put that comment into context, I had just had a bite of an apple, prepared by my grandmother I think, and I had swallowed an apple pip. This was serious, this was a major problem and I was really quite upset. But why? Because if you are what you eat then how long would it be before I turned into an apple tree!!! I went seeking advice from my grandfather who was a doctor, and I asked him how long the operation would be to get the tree out of me. It is fair to say he did, as far as memory allows me to be certain, look very confused. When I had explained what had happened, and after he had stopped laughing (I didn’t think this was a joking matter I can assure you) my grandfather explained what the phrase actually meant and cancelled the emergency operation! Be nice to me, I was only 6!