Recently a co-worker asked me: “When Jesus visited Jerusalem, at the beginning of the week they all seemed happy to see him, then at the end of that week they were asking for his crucifixion…. What happened in one week?”
I think that is worth a look. I would like to answer this from three perspectives:
- What the bible text has to say.
- What non-biblical, non christian sources have to say about this.
- What christian scholars have to say and my conclusions also.
I will do a cursory research and put my findings here, now. Later I plan to write another article on this same subject, but adding more data and references.
What the bible text has to say
The parts of the bible that speak of Jesus’ last week in Jerusalem are: Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:29-44, John 12:12-16.
Some facts to consider, form the texts listed above:
1.- The followers of Jesus did this to serve as a signal a statement if you will, to others Jews that also knew about the bible that Jesus is that person that the prophecy talked about. At this time the vast majority of the Jews in Jerusalem are there because they are believers in God and in the bible, and know very well the scriptures, they would know about this prophecy. The prophecy I am talking about is Zechariah 9:9.
1.1.- As a note: It is my opinion that Bible prophecies are like a HASH formula in mathematics or computer science, because once it has come to pass you can tell that event is the fulfillment of the prophecy, but before it happens it is hard to tell which factors will get you that result.
2.- The animosity between the religious leaders and Jesus started a long time before this week, but the events of this week brought this to a flash point. There were many points of violent disagreement, the main ones had to do with:
2.1.- Jesus claiming to be divine.
2.2.- Jesus exposing the wrong teachings and practices of the religious leaders and undermining their authority.
2.3.- Jesus makes claims that could be taken as threats to the political “status quo”, and perhaps even as challenges to the Roman rule.
3.- There were tens of thousands, if not hundred of thousands in Jerusalem at that time, it is not reasonable to think the crowd that welcomed Jesus and the crowd that asked for Jesus’s crucifixion were the same group of people.
4.- Jesus him self had anticipated that this would happen and explained to his followers why this was going to happened on may occasions.
If interested please read my wiki article at: “Jesus, last week in Jerusalem” . There I will continue to elaborate on this bible study until completed.
– Mayel Espino ><>