Holy Tuesday: Jesus’ Polemic, Parables, and Prophecies

Katrece Boyd   -  

Tuesday of Holy Week brings us some of the richest and most controversial teachings Jesus gave. Because Holy Tuesday is packed with such robust truth, it’s worth taking the time to read through each gospel account and ask the Holy Spirit for guidance and application for your own life. Here are a few highlights to get you started.

Jesus foils the foolish

Holy Tuesday is on the heels of that infamous “flipping tables” scene and the religious leaders were not pleased. So when Jesus returned to the temple the following day to teach the people, they confronted Him to question His authority. But as each religious sector tried to ensnare Him, they were outmatched by Jesus’ truth. They were concerned with earthly power and authority (primarily their own), but Jesus had been given all authority over heaven and earth (Matthew 28:18). They were so caught up in self-righteousness that they believed they could see truth, when in truth, they couldn’t even see their own spiritual depravity and need for salvation (John 9:41, Proverbs 26:12, John 5:38-40).

Jesus rebukes and teaches through parables and woes

The Pharisees, Herodians and Sadducees all tried to challenge Jesus to no avail. But in His wisdom, He used each challenge as an opportunity to rebuke their folly, and to teach the multitudes and His disciples. Each parable unearths timeless truths that reveal, not only the heart of the Pharisees, but any heart or motive that isn’t submitted to Christ in truth. Jesus also pronounced woes (great sorrow and distress) upon the scribes and Pharisees for the life that they were choosing to live. See below on how we can draw near to the Father and learn from these truths today.

Jesus prophecies the end of the age

There are many doctrines of what will happen as the second coming of the Lord draws near. People today are curious as to when it will happen and what the signs will be. The disciples were no different. As the time of Jesus’ crucifixion drew near, they grew curious as to what was coming at the end of the age. Jesus shared many things with them that they did not understand at the time. And just like the disciples, we may not understand many things happening in our world today, or what’s to come. But what’s important is the purpose for why Jesus shared these types of truths with them. Jesus mentions two reasons as to why He shared things to come with His disciples: John 16:1 tells us that Jesus shared what would happen after the Holy Spirit came so that the disciples “should not be made to stumble.” John 16:33 states, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Family of God, we may face many trials in this world, both known and unknown, but praise God that we have not been left helpless! Jesus has promised that, no matter what we face, peace can be found in Him. And we are never left alone and without a Helper, Comforter and Guide because the Holy Spirit dwells on the inside of us (John 14:25-27; 15:26; 16:13-15).


Ways to reflect and remember



  • Each parable Jesus gave is essential to our lives today. Choose a parable the Holy Spirit leads you to focus on today and ask Him to help you understand the truth behind it.
    • Parable of the Two Sons
    • Parable of the Wicked Vinedressers
    • Parable of the Wedding Feast
    • Parable of the Fig Tree
    • Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins
    • Parable of the Talents
    • BONUS: The Lesson of the Withered Fig Tree OR Woe to the Scribes and Pharisees
  • You can use the inductive bible study method to walk through each one.


  • Peace, by Amanda Cook
  • Peace is a promise God keeps! And we are assured of this promise by Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. Our God can never fail! So today, take time to meditate on God’ love and gift of peace through Jesus Christ and praise Him for His mercy, love, truth and grace.


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