7710 - Triumphal Entry

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Join us today as we share the record of the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. I will read Luke 19:28-44. Listen:

After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.

As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, "Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, `Why are you untying it?' tell him, `The Lord needs it.'" Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them.

As they were untying the colt, its owner asked them, "Why are you untying the colt?" They replied, "The Lord needs it."

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

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: "Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!" "Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!"

Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples!" "I tell you," he replied, "if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out."

As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 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. 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. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave even one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God's coming to you."

As Jesus approached Bethany just across the Kidron Valley from Jerusalem, he sent a couple of his disciples to fetch a colt which no one had ever ridden. They brought the colt back and placed their cloaks on him so Jesus could ride him.

Along the way people spread their cloaks on the road. As they descended the Mount of Olives the whole crowd of disciples began to joyfully praise God. Their words included, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” This was a joyful, festive occasion.

Back in verse eleven we were told that the people thought that the Kingdom of God was going to appear at once. Some of these people surrounding Jesus believed that soon Jesus would actually establish the Kingdom of Heaven there in Jerusalem.

These praises offended the Pharisees and they told Jesus to rebuke his disciples. Jesus brushed off these snide remarks saying, “if they keep quiet, the stones would cry out.”

Jesus looked at the city. Perhaps in his mind he viewed the future destruction of Jerusalem. He certainly had in mind the hard heartedness of the Jewish Nation during his lifetime. All of this brought tears to Jesus as he wept over Jerusalem.

Several times Jesus reminded his followers that every line written by the prophets regarding his destiny had to be fulfilled in every minute detail.

Jesus loved people, and he was committed to obey his Father and carry out every detail. Peter tells us (1 Pet. 1:20) that Jesus was chosen for this redemptive task before the creation of the world. Just think, throughout the history of mankind, Jesus had served in heaven with the knowledge that he would one day enter the sphere of human flesh in order to serve as the redeeming sacrifice so that men and women, boys and girls could be reconciled to God and once again stand in his holy presence.

You see, God is pure and holy, so nothing evil or impure may be in his presence. That’s why Old Testament people of faith awaited the atoning sacrifice within Abraham’s bosom. Only after the death of Jesus to pay the penalty for sin could these saints be ushered into heaven.