We have the joy of returning to our study of the gospel of Luke, this great inspired history of the life and ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ. If you will, open your Bible to the twentieth chapter of Luke, we come to verse 9 and a prophetic parable, a prophetic parable concerning the murder of God's Son.
If you have been with us in recent days in our study of the gospel of Luke, you're very well aware of the fact that we have now entered into the last week of our Lord's life before His death. As we come to this section, it is Wednesday...Wednesday of Passion Week. Friday He will be crucified, Sunday He will rise again...this is Wednesday.
Our Lord spent Wednesday in the temple area teaching Kingdom truth and preaching the gospel, so we are told in chapter 20 and verse 1. The day before, which was Tuesday, He cleansed the temple. It tells us in chapter 19 verse 45, He entered the temple, began to cast out those who were selling, saying to them, "It is written that My house shall be a house of prayer, but you have made it a robbers' den," or a robbers' cave. He had come into the city in His triumphal entry on Monday. He went to the temple at the end of Monday, took a look at what was going on, came back Tuesday morning, cleansed the temple throughout the businesses that were illegitimately operating there, that were desecrating and blaspheming the name of God and the house of God. Having cleansed it, He then commanded it, using it as a place for His own teaching and preaching. He also healed people who were lame and blind as well as teaching Kingdom truth and preaching the gospel His act, however, of throwing out the desecraters of the temple, calling a halt to the business which was operated in the temple under the auspices of the chief priests and the high priests, was a final straw that broke the camel's back, if you will. It was the final assault on the Jewish leadership, the Jewish religious establishment. They wanted Him dead, they had wanted Him dead for a very, very long time. Increasingly they were more vitriolic and more anxious to end His life and this pushed them right over the edge. Jesus knew it would. He did it because it was right. He knew it would precipitate His death on Friday and that was by divine designs since He was to die on Friday because that was the day that Passover lambs were slain, and He was dying as the one true Passover sacrifice for sin. But that's still two days away. It is now Wednesday and in one final display of compassion and sympathy and kindness and goodness and grace, our Lord spends the day and even the next day, Thursday, teaching and preaching the gospel, bringing the message of salvation and forgiveness and eternal life to the people. They are listening. They are listening eagerly. They are still riding the emotional high of His triumphal entry on Monday. They are still hoping that He will be their promised King and Messiah, that He will bring fulfillment to all that was promised to Abraham and to David and through the prophets throughout the Old Testament. They are still hoping He will be the long awaited deliverer who will crush their enemies and lead Israel to final glorious Kingdom preeminence....