“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Beyond that, the logical mind eventually sees the dichotomy between the Genesis account of both creation and original sin and a belief in evolution and long ages. If God simply presented an analogy rather than a history in the Book of Genesis, then there is neither a need or a reason for Jesus Christ to be born as a man, live as the Son of God and die as the Second Adam, the Lamb of God and finally rise again as King and Lord of All. No true Genesis account, no way a Christ amounts to anything much but a nice story about a good man who was unjustly slain. In fact, we have to go farther and say that if Jesus was not Lord, then He was either a liar or a lunatic. He claimed to be the Son of God and identified Himself with the phrase "Jahweh" aka I Am which was the name God gave to Moses and a phrase no believing Jew would dare utter. He said that "I and my Father are One." He accepted worship. He also was able to heal the blind and lame and sick, raise the dead and cast demons out of the possessed. How could a lunatic or a liar have such powers and never do one thing wrong for an entire life?
The Mount of Olives is marked by numerous olive groves
The Triumphal Entry1 Now when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples 2 and said to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. 3 If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.’” 4 And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they untied it. 5 And some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” 6 And they told them what Jesus had said, and they let them go. 7 And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it. 8 And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. 9 And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! 10 Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!”
Jesus Curses the Fig Tree12 On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. 13 And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. 14 And he said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard it.
Jesus Cleanses the Temple15 And they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold and those who bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. 16 And he would not allow anyone to carry anything through the temple. 17 And he was teaching them and saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a den of robbers.” 18 And the chief priests and the scribes heard it and were seeking a way to destroy him, for they feared him, because all the crowd was astonished at his teaching. 19 And when evening came they went out of the city.
The Lesson from the Withered Fig Tree20 As they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots. 21 And Peter remembered and said to him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered.” 22 And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. 23 Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25 And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”[d]
The Authority of Jesus Challenged27 And they came again to Jerusalem. And as he was walking in the temple, the chief priests and the scribes and the elders came to him, 28 and they said to him, “By what authority are you doing these things, or who gave you this authority to do them?” 29 Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question; answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. 30 Was the baptism of John from heaven or from man? Answer me.” 31 And they discussed it with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 32 But shall we say, ‘From man’?”—they were afraid of the people, for they all held that John really was a prophet. 33 So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”
Jesus knew how man thought. He never let the Jewish leaders (who cared only for themselves and their positions) to trap him by their questions but rather turned their questions around on them. When they illegally brought a woman taken in adultery (without the man) Jesus would not let them cause Him to condemn her. When they accused Him of breaking the law by healing on the Sabbath, He asked them if they would not pull an animal out of a pit on the Sabbath? When they asked Him if it was legal to pay taxes to Rome, He made them present the coin with the likeness of Caesar stamped on it and said, "Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's and unto God the things which are God's."
Psalm 19To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
and the sky above[a] proclaims his handiwork.
2 Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
3 There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
- Psalm 19:1 Hebrew the expanse; compare Genesis 1:6–8