Chapter 19 begins in Jericho, the last evangelistic stop on the road to Bethany and Jerusalem. The “pre-passion” ministry of Jesus comes to a close and events leading to the final week before His crucifixion begins. The first activity is focused on Jesus’ encounter with Zacchaeus, a publican at Jericho, who makes special efforts to see Jesus. Then approaching Jerusalem, Jesus tells a parable about a master who before he went away gave ten valuable coins to ten of her servants and expected them to use them wisely. The second half of the chapter is about Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem at the beginning of the week before His crucifixion. At that point, the people received Him as a celebrity. Jesus wept, however, over the city and then went to the temple and drove out the merchandisers who abused God’s house.
A tax collector
- Bethphage and Bethany
17 miles from northeast of Jerusalem near the Jordan River
Villages across the Kidron Valley from Jerusalem at the Mount of Olives
The city of Jesus’ crucifixion
We will be blessed if we seek Jesus like Zacchaeus did.
All of us will be made accountable for the use of make of the blessings God gives to us.
Jesus weeps for those who reject him and insists that we honor the spiritual house of God.