Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Great and Holy Tuesday

  • It is also called Holy Tuesday or Great and Holy Tuesday.
  • In Greek, Μεγάλη Τρίτη, Megale Trite.
  • In the Eastern Orthodox Church and those Eastern Catholic Churches that follow the Byzantine Rite, this day is referred to as Great and Holy Tuesday, or Great Tuesday.
  • It commemorates the Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13), which forms one of the themes of the first three days of Holy Week, with its teaching about vigilance, and Christ as the Bridegroom.
  • It is also said that it was on Tuesday morning that Jesus and his disciples returned to Jerusalem and passed by a withered fig tree on their way wherein Jesus taught them about faith.
  • It was also on Tuesday that religious leaders aggressively challenged Jesus' authority and also attempted to ambush him and created an opportunity for his arrest.
  • It was on Tuesday afternoon when Jesus left the city and went with his disciples to the Mount of Olives where he gave the Olivet Discourse which is an orderly and extended teaching about the end of the age or the end of times.
  • This Olivet Discourse has its reference in Matthew 24:1 – 25:46, Mark 13:1-37 and Luke 21:5-36.
  • Jesus ended the Olivet Discourse with four parables and the first parable concerns a wicked servant whose master punishes him upon his return home (Matthew 24:45-51) while the second parable which is the Parable of the Ten Virgins mentions and encourages readiness and watchfulness (25:1-13).
  • The other two parables are the story of three servants and their use (or misuse) of finances, which is the third parable, teaches faithfulness in view of the fact that God’s servants must give an account of themselves one day (25:14-30) and the fourth parable is the Parable of the Sheep and Goats which pictures the dividing of the saved from the unsaved at the end of the tribulation before the commencement of Christ’s millennial reign (25:31-46).
  • A rare "blood moon tetrad" will be happening today, April 15, 2014 which is a Holy Tuesday for most of the East Coast but already began late Monday evening, April 14, 2014.
  • Matthew 26:14-16 in the Scripture indicates that it was on Tuesday that Judas Iscariot negotiated with the Sanhedrin to betray Jesus.
Judas Iscariot by Edal Anton Lefterov
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