This is the continuation of the story started in part 1.
I encourage you to read part 1 if you have not done so already before jumping into the story in this post.
“Catch!”, Holmes yelled as he tossed a Bible in my direction. “Turn to Luke 19 and start reading in verse 11 if you would be so kind.”
I almost remarked about the Bible not being a KJV but thought better of it. The Bible I now held was an ESV and it read as follows:
As they heard these things, he proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately. He said therefore, “a nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return. Calling ten of his servants, he gave them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Engage in business until I come.'”
“Stop!” cried Holmes, which shocked me for I had barely started. “Why was Jesus telling this parable?”
I re-read the text to myself, then blurted that the crowds were expecting Jesus to bring about the long awaited Kingdom of God.
“Yes, and do you know when this event purports to take place?” asked Holmes. The headings surrounding the passage gave me all the clues I needed and even I was able to deduce that it was just prior to the “triumphal entry” when Jesus rode in Jerusalem on a donkey prior to being crucified.
“Right you are”, encouraged Holmes, “and what do we know of this event and those that follow”.
“Well, from what we know of the accounts of Jesus, his miracles and proclamation that the kingdom is at hand has raised Messianic expectations among the people. Now that Jesus is going into Jerusalem it is at a fever pitch. Yet 5 days later he will be crucified. 3 days after that He will rise from then dead and 40 days later He will ascend into heaven.” I shared. “We also know that Jesus has promised His disciples that He would return.”
“Well done”, Holmes remarked. “Now, you know my methods, dear Watson. Apply them here.” Continue reading →