“Holy Week” or “Passion Week” refers to the events in the life of Jesus a week before he is resurrected from the dead. Here are my reflections on each day as we remember the life, death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I won’t be going into a historical or a Biblical study of each day as there are many resources you can find regarding this day. These are merely my personal reflections. A great place to start learning more about Holy Tuesday can be found here: Justin Taylor, Holy Week, Day 3: Tuesday
When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.Matthew 25:31-32
Out of all the days of this week, in terms of the amount of writing on the accounts of Holy Week, Tuesday has the most. This is because Jesus spends most of this day teaching in the temple and most of his teachings are recorded in the gospels.
This is his final message to the people as a free man and in many ways it is his final plea to the people of Israel to turn from their wicked ways but the day ends with the chief priests and the elders of the people gathering in the palace of Caiaphas the high priest, “plotting together in order to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him.” (Matthew 26:4)
If you read through the series of parables that Jesus shares, you will be able to see the core of the message that he’s trying to convey to the people is to realize who are the righteous and who are the unrighteous. We can also know by looking at his concluding remarks where he speaks of the final judgment to come where the righteous will enter into eternal life and the unrighteous will enter eternal punishment. (Matthew 25:31-46)
Who are the righteous people that will enter into eternal life?
- They are those who do the will of God. (Matthew 21:31)
- They are those who produce God’s fruit. (Matthew 21:43)
- They are those who respond to God’s invitation. (Matthew 22:3)
- They are those who do what God has commanded. (Matthew 24:46)
- They are prepared and ready for Jesus to return. (Matthew 25:4)
- They are the faithful stewards of what God has entrusted to them. (Matthew 25:21)
As we reflect on Jesus’ final message to the people before his arrest, we would do well to heed His message of the righteous and the unrighteous. God has given us so much grace with chances after chances to be devoted to him wholeheartedly.
In what areas in our lives do we find ourselves unfaithful, unwise and unrighteous? It is time for us to repent and in full surrender, turn to our Father who is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.