Luke 21-24

Jesus predicts the end of the age.  After his disciples are persecuted, earthquakes, famines, pestilences, and fearful signs will occur around the world.  Jerusalem will be conquered by Gentile armies, its people carried away as captives or killed.  The Son of Man will then come in a cloud, bringing the kingdom of God; heaven and earth will pass away.  These things will all occur before “this generation” passes away.

Jesus institutes the Eucharist while eating Passover meal with disciples.  Disciples argue about who is greatest among them, to Jesus’ disapproval.  Jesus tells disciples to buy swords and prays to the Father.  Judas betrays Jesus and he is arrested.  The Sanhedrin finds him guilty of blasphemy for claiming to be the Son of God.  Pilate and Herod are both unconvinced of his guilt, but Pilate crucifies him anyways because the multitude demands it.  Jesus dies and is buried in Joseph’s tomb.  Two days later, Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James come to the tomb and saw two men in shining garments, who tell them Jesus had risen.  The women goes to tell the apostles, who don’t believe them.  He appears to two apostles in human form, then to all eleven, convincing them that he has indeed risen.  The disciples give him something to eat, and he is carried up to heaven.

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