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Jesus Rides into Jerusalem on a Donkey

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One time back in the early 1800s, Napoleon and his army were moving through Switzerland. Everywhere they went, Napoleon was greeted with thunderous applause: “Long live the King! Hail to the Emperor Napoleon!” But Napoleon didn’t seem too excited about what was go … More

Triumphant Entry

Christ’s entry into Jerusalem in today’s passage (vv. 28-44) is a fulfillment of the prophecies found in Zechariah 9:9 and Psalm 118:25-26. By this time Jesus was extremely well known. When he sent two of His disciples to find a colt all they had to say was “The Lord has need of him” and the owners gladly turned the animal over to them (vv. 28-35). On Palm Sunday, the crowd was behind Him all the way: They were singing “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hail to the King of Kings! Hosanna in the highest” (vv. 36-38). But five days later, the same people who were praising him up and down are now saying, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” How could these people praise the Lord so joyfully on Palm Sunday and then turn around and demand His death 5 days later? Maybe it was because a lot of the people cheering for Jesus on Palm Sunday simply got caught up in the excitement of the event. They weren’t ready to commit their lives to Jesus.

The Pharisees thought the crowd’s words were sacrilegious and blasphemous. They asked Jesus to keep His people quiet (v. 39). But Jesus said that if the people were quiet, the stones would immediately cry out (v. 40). The account of our Lord lamenting over Jerusalem (vv. 41-44) is recorded only in Luke . Every year Jews would come to Jerusalem and buy animals to offer as a sacrifice. It was reasonable to buy from these Jews so the sacrifice would be “without blemish.” However, they were taking advantage of this situation and charged a high price. Also, foreign currency was being used as an accepted exchange, which cost them extra.

Application

It is so easy for my attitude to change from one day to the next as it did in Jesus’ day. Lord, help me to be the same-yesterday, today, and in the days to come, when I think about who Jesus is.

Luke 19:28-44 (English Standard Version)

And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, saying, "Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, 'Why are you untying it?' you shall say this: 'The Lord has need of it.'" So those who were sent went away and found it just as he had told them. And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, "Why are you untying the colt?" And they said, "The Lord has need of it." And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. As he was drawing near--already on the way down the Mount of Olives--the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, "Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!" And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples." He answered, "I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out." And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, "Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation."

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