Proper 18 – Series A

Last week we asserted that Jesus so angering the political and religious leaders of the day that they would kill him on Friday. He did that intentionally. The Gospels do not portray for us a Jesus who is the helpless victim of the Roman and Jewish political machine; rather, they portray Jesus who is the clear master of the events of Holy Week. His ride into Jerusalem on a donkey was a public relations triumph. He skillfully manipulates the Pharisees’ fear of the crowds and at just the right moment makes sure that his betrayer can and does hand him over to the forces who will bring about his death upon a cross.

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