We are in the midst of the twentieth chapter of Luke’s gospel where the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem are challenging Jesus’ authority. Jesus is teaching in the temple complex every day. He is cleansing the temple by teaching the very words of God. After teaching the parable of the wicked tenants, verse 19 tells us that the leaders are now looking for a way to arrest him. But they do not just want to imprison Jesus. They want to arrest him and hand him over to the Roman authorities for execution (20:20).
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