We return in our study of the Word of God to the twenty-first chapter of Luke's gospel. Luke is the predominant historian of the New Testament, having written this gospel as well as the entire book of Acts. And, of course, the focus in Luke's writing is on the person and work of Jesus Christ and the spread of the gospel of Christ after His ascension and sending of the Holy Spirit.
But as we come to chapter 21 of Luke's gospel, let me just review for you where we are in the story of our Lord. It is Wednesday night, it is Wednesday night of Passion Week, the final week of our Lord's life and ministry before the cross. On Thursday, He will celebrate the Passover with His disciples. On Friday He will be crucified. And on Sunday He will rise from the dead. Following that, He will make appearances only to those who believe in Him, after which He ascends back to heaven to reign and to intercede. It is Wednesday of that final week.
On Monday, He came into the city. It is called His triumphal entry. He was hailed as potentially the Messiah although the same crowd that hailed Him as Messiah, by Friday are screaming for His blood..fickle, superficial and shallow.
It was Monday that He came into the city. It was Tuesday that He went into the temple and threw out the money changers for the second time in His ministry and said, "You have turned My Father's house, a house of prayer, into a cave of robbers."
The next day, Wednesday, He came back to the temple, spent the whole day there teaching the crowds and being confronted by the leaders, the Pharisees, the Sadducees, and the Herodians who tried to trap Him in His words so that they could have some reason to bring Him to the Romans for execution. He has managed to parry ever blow they thrust at Him. He ended His day in the twilight and walked out of that temple ground. Following Him were His own disciples. It was the last time He would ever set foot in that place until He comes again. And, in fact, when He comes again, His feet will land on the very Mount of Olives where He was sitting in the evening of that Wednesday, talking to His disciples about His Second Coming....