Welcome to Day 2 of Holy Week. Today’s reading will come from Matthew 24: 1-35. It’s often called the olivet discourse. A discourse is a method of communication- verbal communication this is not a teaching lesson. This is not a sermon. It is actually a conversation. The conversation starts because in verse 3, the Bible says that Jesus went to the mount of olives and his disciples came to him. They asked him, “Tell us when these things will be. What is the sign of your coming and what is the sign of the end of the age?” Three separate questions.
Welcome to Holy Week.
Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday and ends on Easter Sunday. It is the last days of Jesus’s life here on earth. I want you to go with me to the Gospel of Matthew 21: 12-13. On the second day, after Jesus had made the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, he went and cleansed the temple. This is how the Bible says it. It says that Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were selling and buying there. He turned over the tables of money changes, and all the benches of those who are selling doves. “It is written,” He said, “My house will be called the house of prayer. But you have made it a den of robbers.”