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PALM SUNDAY-THE DAY OF TRIUMPH.
THE TRIUMPHAL ENTRY.
On the morrow when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, unto Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount of Olives, he sendeth two of his disciples, and saith unto them, “Go your way into the village that is over against you: and straightway as ye enter into it, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon no man ever yet sat; loose him, and bring him. And if any one say unto you, 'Why do ye this?' say ye, 'The Lord hath need of him’; and straightway he will send him back hither."
Now. this is come to pass, that it might be fulfilled. which was spoken through the prophet, saying,
"Tell ye the daughter of Zion,
And upon a colt the foal of an ass.” And they went away, and found a colt tied at the door without in the open street: and they loose him. And certain of them that stood there said unto them, "What do ye, loosing the colt ?” And they said unto them even as Jesus had said: and they let them go. And they bring the colt unto Jesus, and cast on him their garments; and he sat upon him.
And the most part of the multitude spread their garments upon the way; and others branches, which they had cut from the fields. And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, “Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord: Blessed is the kingdom that cometh, the kingdom of our father David: Hosanna in the highest.”
And some of the Pharisees from the multitude said unto him, “Teacher, rebuke thy disciples.”
And he answered and said, “I tell you that, if these shall hold their peace, the stones will cry out.”
And when he drew nigh, he saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If thou hadst known this day, even thou, the things which belong unto peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, when thine enemies shall cast up a bank about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, and shall dash thee to the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation."
And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, “Who is this?”
And the multitudes said, “This is the prophet, Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee."
The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, “Behold, how ye prevail nothing; lo, the world is gone after him.”
And he entered into Jerusalem, into the temple; and when he had looked round about upon all things, it being now eventide, he went out unto Bethany with the twelve.
MONDAY-THE DAY OF AUTHORITY.
THE CURSING OF THE FIG TREE. And on the morrow, when they were come out from Bethany, he hungered. And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find anything thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for it was not the season of figs. And he answered and said unto it, “No man eat fruit from thee henceforward for ever." And his disciples heard it.
THE. CLEANSING OF THE TEMPLE. And they come to Jerusalem: and he entered into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and them that bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money-changers, and the seats of them that sold the doves: and he would not suffer that any man should carry a vessel through the temple. And he taught, and said unto them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations?' but ye have made it a den of robbers?”
And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them. But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children that were crying in the temple and saying, "Hosanna to the son of David”: they were moved with indignation, and said unto him, Hearest thou what these are saying?”
And Jesus saith unto them, “Yea: did ye. never read, 'Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise'?"
And the chief priests and the scribes and the principal men of the people sought to destroy him: and they could not find what they might do; for the people all hung upon him, listening.
And he left them, and went forth out of the city to Bethany, and lodged there.
TUESDAY—THE DAY OF CONTROVERSY.
THE LESSON FROM THE WITHERED FIG TREE.
And as they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered away from the roots. And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, “Rabbi, behold the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away."
And Jesus answering saith unto them, “Have faith in God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall say unto this mountain, ‘Be thou taken up and cast into the sea'; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that what he saith cometh to pass; he shall have it. Therefore I say unto you, All things whatsoever ye pray and ask for, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. And whensoever ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have aught against any one; that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses."
THE CHALLENGE OF CHRIST'S AUTHORITY. And they came again to Jerusalem. And all the people came early in the morning to him in the teinple to hear him. And as he was teaching the people in the temple, and preaching the gospel, there came upon him the chief priests and the scribes with the elders; and they spake, saying unto him, “Tell us: By what authority doest thou these things? or who is he that gave thee this authority ?”
And Jesus answered, and said unto them, “I also wil! ask you one question, which if ye tell me, I likewise vill tell you by what authority I do these things. The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven or from men?"
And they reasoned with themselves, saying, "If we shall say, 'From heaven’; he will say unto us, "Why did ye not believe him?' But if we shall say, 'From men’; all the people will stone us: for they, are persuaded that John was a prophet."
And they answered Jesus, and said, “We know not."
And Jesus said unto them, “Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.”
THREE WARNING PARABLES.
THE TWO SONS.
“But what think ye? A man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, 'Son, go work to-day in the vineyard.' And he answered and said, 'I will not': but afterward he repented himself, and went. And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, 'I go, sir': and went not. Which of the two did the will of his father?”
They say, “The first.”
Jesus saith unto them, “Verily I say unto you, that the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not; but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye saw it, did not even repent yourselves afterward that ye might believe him.”
THE WICKED HUSBANDMEN.
"Hear another parable: There was a man who was a householder, who planted a vineyard, and set a hedge about it, and digged a winepress in it, and