Jesus Arrives at Jerusalem!  (Luke 19:28-44)

32 Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. 33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?”

34 They replied, “The Lord needs it.”

35 They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36 As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.

37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:

38   “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”

40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42 and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. 43 The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. 44 They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”  (Luke 19:32-44)

Learn it:

            Jesus has finally arrived at Jerusalem but the way he did it is different then from how his followers imagined it.  Jesus had been trying to tell them that he was going to be rejected and that he would die.  Yet his followers were expecting their Messiah was going to be a powerful political leader.  They thought this kingdom Jesus was talking about was going to remove the bad religious leaders and Israel would become a powerful nation again.  The Psalm they start singing in verse 38 is about this future king that was going to reign.  This is what the people were expecting.

            Yet when we see how Jesus came in, he was riding a donkey.  A donkey is a symbol of humility.  If Jesus was going to be a powerful ruler he would have ridden in on a horse.  When he also got close to the city he begins to weep.  This would have been confusing for the disciples!  This is the triumphal entry why would he be sad?  He is sad because he wants all of Israel to recognize who Jesus is, but they are going to reject him.  Then there will be a judgement on them.  We see part of this judgement come around 70AD when Rome invades and destroys the temple. 
That is why Jesus is sad.     

Live it:

            Jesus came as a humble servant knowing not everyone was going to accept him.  We should live our lives in a similar way, humbly serving those around us.  Whether it’s our neighbors, family members, friends, or strangers we should treat everyone equally.  Not everyone is going to put their faith in Christ the first time we interact with them.  Jesus ran into the same problem!  He gave us free will to choose to believe him or not.  Even though people rejected him he still did his job of telling people about the gospel.  We should not let the fact that people will reject the gospel discourage us from even trying.  We must be faithful with what Christ has commanded us to do.


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