Matthew 21:1-27

The Triumphal Entry

1 When they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage at the Mount of Olives, Jesus then sent two disciples,
2 telling them, "Go into the village ahead of you. At once you will find a donkey tied there, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to Me.
3 If anyone says anything to you, you should say that the Lord needs them, and immediately he will send them."
4 This took place so that what was spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled:
5 Tell Daughter Zion, "See, your King is coming to you, gentle, and mounted on a donkey, even on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden." a
6 The disciples went and did just as Jesus directed them.
7 They brought the donkey and the colt; then they laid their robes on them, and He sat on them.
8 A very large crowd spread their robes on the road; others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them on the road.
9 Then the crowds who went ahead of Him and those who followed kept shouting: Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! b Hosanna in the highest heaven!
10 When He entered Jerusalem, the whole city was shaken, saying, "Who is this?"
11 And the crowds kept saying, "This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee!"

Cleansing the Temple Complex

12 Jesus went into the temple complexc and drove out all those buying and selling in the temple. He overturned the money changers' tables and the chairs of those selling doves.
13 And He said to them, "It is written, My house will be called a house of prayer. d But you are making it a den of thieves !" e

Children Cheer Jesus

14 The blind and the lame came to Him in the temple complex, and He healed them.
15 When the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonders that He did and the children in the temple complex cheering, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" they were indignant
16 and said to Him, "Do You hear what these [children] are saying?" "Yes," Jesus told them. "Have you never read: You have prepared f praise from the mouths of children and nursing infants "? g
17 Then He left them, went out of the city to Bethany, and spent the night there.

The Barren Fig Tree

18 Early in the morning, as He was returning to the city, He was hungry.
19 Seeing a lone fig tree by the road, He went up to it and found nothing on it except leaves. And He said to it, "May no fruit ever come from you again!" At once the fig tree withered.
20 When the disciples saw it, they were amazed and said, "How did the fig tree wither so quickly?"
21 Jesus answered them, "I assure you: If you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you tell this mountain, 'Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,' it will be done.
22 And if you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer."

Messiah's Authority Challenged

23 When He entered the temple complex, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to Him as He was teaching and said, "By what authority are You doing these things? Who gave You this authority?"
24 Jesus answered them, "I will also ask you one question, and if you answer it for Me, then I will tell you by what authority I do these things.
25 Where did John's baptism come from? From heaven or from men?" They began to argue among themselves, "If we say, 'From heaven,' He will say to us, 'Then why didn't you believe him?'
26 But if we say, 'From men,' we're afraid of the crowd, because everyone thought John was a prophet."
27 So they answered Jesus, "We don't know." And He said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.
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