On Holy Tuesday we are reminded that Jesus had authority to teach about his father, God. It didn't matter whether or not the chief priests, teachers, and elders believed him. They thought they cornered the market on knowledge of God and law. They definitely knew ABOUT God and law, but they didn't KNOW God. Jesus knew His father and in this last week leading up to his death and resurrection, he does a great amount of teaching to set some things up and to set some things straight.
I love how the gospel, Matthew, shares so much of this teaching. He loads it on and we get to see Jesus' heart and exactly how he reflects God to the people. I encourage you to read through Matthew 21:23-25:36.
The last big scene we see with Jesus on Tuesday is his anointing. Mary comes and pours pure nard over him. The fragrance fills the room and in an act of complete humility and love she wipes his feet with her hair. And of course no good deed goes unpunished. With a great indignant spirit, some that were there call this woman out and make a case for the poor. Matthew says disciples. Mark says some that were present. John calls out Judas as the indignant voice. It doesn't matter who, the problem is still the problem. The ones who should get it, don't and those that should be furthest from godly things, run to it.
Today we must keep in consideration that when Jesus taught, he was trying to reflect the full nature of God. He wanted to share what the Kingdom truly was and what it could continue to be even after he leaves.
Also, we must realize that we must run to God. We must see Jesus for who He really is. We must learn in humility and then worship him, even if it is with tears.
Tuesday Readings: Matthew 21:23-25:36, Mark 11:27-14:11
Challenge: Examine our lives and what we believe about Jesus and listen for God's call on our lives