Week of June 13: Luke 19:28-44 (The Triumphal Entry)
What kind of reception do you think Jesus would get if he rode into our town today?
Why do you think the crowd responded the way they did?
What caused Jesus to weep over Jerusalem?
What kind of King did the crowd think Jesus was?
The people in the crowd assumed that Jesus was going to be the kind of King they were familiar with, but they were wrong. Have you ever had wrong assumptions about the way God works?
Luke 19:28-44 (The Triumphal Entry)
28After telling this story, Jesus went on toward Jerusalem, walking ahead of his disciples. 29As he came to the towns of Bethphage and Bethany on the Mount of Olives, he sent two disciples ahead. 30“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. 31If anyone asks, ‘Why are you untying that colt?’ just say, ‘The Lord needs it.’”32So they went and found the colt, just as Jesus had said. 33And sure enough, as they were untying it, the owners asked them, “Why are you untying that colt?”34And the disciples simply replied, “The Lord needs it.” 35So they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their garments over it for him to ride on.36As he rode along, the crowds spread out their garments on the road ahead of him. 37When 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.38“Blessings on the King who comes in the name of the lord!Peace in heaven, and glory in highest heaven!”39But some of the Pharisees among the crowd said, “Teacher, rebuke your followers for saying things like that!”40He replied, “If they kept quiet, the stones along the road would burst into cheers!”41But as he came closer to Jerusalem and saw the city ahead, he began to weep. 42“How I wish today that you of all people would understand the way to peace. But now it is too late, and peace is hidden from your eyes. 43Before long your enemies will build ramparts against your walls and encircle you and close in on you from every side. 44They will crush you into the ground, and your children with you. Your enemies will not leave a single stone in place, because you did not recognize it when God visited you.”