“After telling this story, Jesus went on toward Jerusalem, walking ahead of his disciples. As he came to the towns of Bethphage and Bethany on the Mount of Olives, he sent two disciples ahead. “Go into that village over there,” he told them. “As you enter it, you will see a young donkey tied there that no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks, ‘Why are you untying that colt?’ just say, ‘The Lord needs it.’” So they went and found the colt, just as Jesus had said. And sure enough, as they were untying it, the owners asked them, “Why are you untying that colt?” And the disciples simply replied, “The Lord needs it.” So they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their garments over it for him to ride on. As he rode along, the crowds spread out their garments on the road ahead of him. When he reached the place where the road started down the Mount of Olives, all of his followers began to shout and sing as they walked along, praising God for all the wonderful miracles they had seen. “Blessings on the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in highest heaven!” But some of the Pharisees among the crowd said, “Teacher, rebuke your followers for saying things like that!” He replied, “If they kept quiet, the stones along the road would burst into cheers!” Luke 19:28-40 NLT
We’re stating a new book of the Bible today and we’re going to prepare our hearts and minds for this book by working thru the last few chapters of its sequel (sequels in the Bible? Yep!)
This week we are going to look at the last few days of Jesus’ life. We are going walk thru this week that led to Jesus’ crucifixion, resurrection and glorification.
Today is Sunday and our story starts on Sunday, the one week before what we call Easter Sunday. We call this Palm Sunday.
So, Jesus and His disciples are headed to Jerusalem for the annual Passover Feast. The text tells us that while He was approching there, He sent a couple of the disciples ahead to find a specific donkey that Jesus described and to bring it back ro where He and His followers were. What happens next is crazy, yet predicted! The text says, “So they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their garments over it for him to ride on. As he rode along, the crowds spread out their garments on the road ahead of Him. When He reached the place where the road started down the Mount of Olives, all of His followers began to shout and sing as they walked along, praising God for all the wonderful miracles they had seen. “Blessings on the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in highest heaven!” Wow! The crowds are actually acknowledging, even chanting and singing Jesus’ praises as the King (in their minds, the Conquering King)! NO DOUBT, they are recognizing Him as their Messiah!
This day had been predicted by the prophet Zechariah when he said, “Rejoice, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey— riding on a donkey’s colt.” (Zechariah 9:9)
The religious leaders knew what was happening as well! They told Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your followers for saying things like that!” They thought it was blasphemous, but in reality, it was totally truthful and glorifying to God!
Jesus’ response was amazing too–He eludes to Isaiah 55:12 when He replied, “If they kept quiet, the stones along the road would burst into cheers!”(vs 40)
Liturally ALL of creation was longing for Him to come! Now look at Romans 8:22-23, “For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us.” All of the chaos we see playing out in our world today is proof that we all long–groan for Him! We long to take our places in His Kingdom. We long for His Kingdom to come!
So, celebrate your own Palm Sunday today! Humble yourself and kneel before Him as King! Acknowledge His authority over your life, your state, nation & world!
Just like during the days of Jesus and the disciples, the world is crazy! Knowing the King is very calming!
Think about it!