by Jerry Vines

Jerry Vines
Matthew 21:17-32

With the beginning of Matthew 21 and going on into the
final chapters of Matthew's Gospel, we have the final
days in the life of our Lord. He has come to Jerusalem
because it is the plan and purpose of the heavenly
Father that there He be betrayed, there He be tried
and there He die. So, the Lord Jesus Christ is on the
Calvary trail. He is on His way, going to die on the
cross for the sins of the whole world. As we follow
through in these days we will see our Lord as He is
moving in that direction.

The Lord Jesus is evidently going back and forth from
Jerusalem out to the little village of Bethany. I have
a feeling that probably Jesus would spend the night in
Bethany with Mary and Martha and Lazarus. That very,
very special home--those wonderful people who loved
and supported Him and who gave Him a place of solace
and refuge. So, at night Jesus would go out to the
little village of Bethany and then in the day He would
go back.

In the previous message I brought in Matthew 21 we saw
the Lord Jesus going to Jerusalem, into the Temple,
and cleanse the temple of the money changers. Now
Jesus has returned to Bethany. He has spent the night
and in the morning He is going back again to Jerusalem
for He will teach in the Temple this day. The rising
tide of hostility is before Him. They have decided
that whatever is necessary they are going to get Jesus
Christ. They have made up their minds He is too
dangerous, so they are going to kill the Lord Jesus

As we move along in that atmosphere there is a series
of lessons which I believe God has for us in these
verses. First of all, there is a lesson on reality. In
the experience of our Savior, cursing the fig tree,
Jesus teaches a very important lesson on reality.

I. Jesus Gives a Lesson on REALITY.

The Scripture says it was in the morning, in verse 18.
As he went into the city He was ...

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