March 19, 2013

If Jesus’ encounter at Bethany was for all practical purposes the end of his earthly mission as Jesus noticed that in Mary’s actions somebody “Got it” and offered her heart to him…If that was the case, then the events just before the entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday could be seen as a Post Script to his entire ministry.

In Luke’s Gospel Jesus told about the blind beggar just outside of Jericho (Luke 18:35-43), and the story of Zacchaeus the tax collector (Luke 19:1-10).  In my mind both of these narratives put a P.S. after Jesus’ life up until the Triumphal Entry. 

Blessed are the poor in spirit, the mournful, the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, the persecuted…

Within the narratives of the blind beggar or Zacchaeus, in either story Jesus takes into account all of the Beatitudes listed in Matthew Five in one way or another…

And since the Beatitudes set the tone for Jesus’ ministry at the beginning, it only seems fitting that they would set the tone for the ending.

Something to think about…

Jim

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