Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday painting

MATTHEW CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE

1 As they approached Jerusalem and came

To Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus

Sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go

 

To the next village, and at once you’ll find

A donkey tied there, with her colt by her.

Untie them; bring them here. 3 If anyone

 

Says anything to you, tell him the Lord

Needs them, and he will send them right away.”

4 This happened to fulfill the prophet’s words:

 

Entry Into Jerusalem by Pedro Orrente c. 1620

“Entry into Jerusalem” by Pedro Orrente

 

 

 

5 “Tell Zion’s Daughter, ‘See, your king has come

To you, meek, riding on a donkey, on

A colt, a donkey’s foal.’” 6 The followers

 

Went out and did as Jesus had advised

Them, 7 so they brought the donkey and the colt,

Placed their cloaks upon them, and Jesus sat

 

On them. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks

Along the road, while others cut down branches

From trees and spread them in his path. 9 The

crowds

 

That went ahead of him and those that followed

Shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!

Blessed is he who comes in the Lord’s name!”

 

Hosanna in the highest!” 10 As he entered

Jerusalem, a shock ran through the city

And people asked, “Who is this?” 11 And the crowds

 

Replied, “This is the prophet Jesus, who’s

From Nazareth in Galilee,” 12 then Jesus

Went in the temple area and drove

 

Out all the buyers and the sellers there.

He overturned the tables of the money-

Changers and benches of those selling doves.

 

13 “The Scriptures say my Temple is a place

Of prayer,” he said, “but you’ve made it a den

Of thieves.” 14 The blind and lame came up to him

 

There at the temple, and he healed them, 15 but

When the chief priests and teachers of the law

Saw the fantastic miracles he did

 

And children shouting in the temple yard,

“Hosanna to the Son of David,” they

Were aggravated. 16 “Do you hear what these

 

Children are saying?” they asked him. “Yes,” replied

Jesus, “have you not read the Scriptures, “‘From

The lips of children you’ve perfected praise’?”

 

17 Then he returned to Bethany and spent

The night there. 18 Early in the morning, as

He was returning to Jerusalem,

 

Jesus was hungry. 19 Seeing a fig tree

Beside the road, he went to it but found

That nothing grew on it but leaves. Then he

 

Said to it, “No more fruit will ever grow

On you!” Immediately the fig tree withered.

20 When the disciples saw this occur, they

 

Were shocked. “How did the fig tree wither so

Quickly?” they asked. 21 “Believe me,” Jesus said,

If you have faith and do not doubt, you can

 

Do things like this and more, for you can tell

This mountain, ‘Go and throw yourself into

The sea,’ and it will happen. 22 Everything

 

You pray for, you’ll receive, if you believe.”

23 When Jesus went to teach in temple courts,

The chief priests and the Jewish elders came

 

To him. “By what authority are you

Doing these things?” they asked. “Who gave

you this

Authority?” 24 And Jesus answered, “I’ll

 

Also ask you one question. If you reply,

I will tell you by what authority

I do these things. 25 Now, John’s baptism−where

 

Did it come from? Was it from heaven, or

From men?” Among themselves they talked it over,

Concluding, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he

 

Will ask, ‘Why didn’t you believe him?’ 26 But

If we tell him, ‘From men’−we are afraid

That we’ll be mobbed because the crowd all think

 

He was a prophet, 27 so they answered Jesus,

“We don’t know.” Then he replied, “Then I won’t

Tell you by what authority I do

 

These things. 28 What do you think? There was a man

Who had two sons. He went out to the first

And said, ‘Son, go and work out on the farm

 

Today.’ 29 “‘I won’t,’ he said, but later changed

His mind and went; 30 and then the father went

To see the other son and said the same

 

To him. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he

Did not go. 31 Which of them did what his father

Wanted?” “The first,” they answered. Jesus said

 

To them, “In truth, the tax collectors and

The prostitutes are entering God’s kingdom

Ahead of you, 32 for John the Baptist came

 

To you to show the way of righteousness,

And you did not believe him, but the tax

Collectors and the prostitutes believed.

 

And even after you saw this, you still would not

Repent and trust him. 33 Listen to another

Parable: There was once a man, a land-

 

Owner, who sowed a vineyard, put a wall

Around it, dug a winepress in it, built

A watchtower, then rented it to some

 

Farmers, and went abroad. 34 When harvest time

Approached, he sent his servants to the tenants

To gather up his share, 35 but tenants seized

 

His servants, beat one, killed another, stoned

A third, 36 and so he sent another group

Of servants out to them, more than at first,

 

And yet the tenants treated them the same.

37 At last, he sent his son to them. ‘They will

Respect my son,’ he said, 38 but when they saw

 

The son, they told each other, ‘He’s the heir.

Come on, let’s kill him and we will get all

He has,’ 39 and so they took him, threw him from

 

The vineyard, then they killed him. 40 Therefore, when

The owner of the vineyard comes, what will

He do to them?” 41 “He will bring those scoundrels

 

To an appalling end,” they said, “and he

Will rent the vineyard to some other tenants,

Who’ll give him the produce at harvest time.”

 

42 Then Jesus asked them,  “Have you never read

In Scripture how: ‘The stone the builders have

Rejected has become the capstone; this

 

The Lord has done, and to our eyes it is

Amazing’? 43 Therefore I tell you God’s kingdom

Will be removed from you and given to

 

A people who’ll produce its fruit. 44 He who

Falls on this stone will be demolished, but

Those that it falls on will be crushed.” 45 Now when

 

The chief priests and the Pharisees heard Jesus’

Parables, they knew that he spoke of them.

46 They wanted to arrest him, but were cowed,

 

For he was held a prophet by the crowd.