Luke 19:29-41 New King James Version (NKJV)
29 And it came to pass, when He drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mountain called Olivet, that He sent two of His disciples,
30 saying, “Go into the village opposite you, where as you enter you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Loose it and bring it here.
31 And if anyone asks you, ‘Why are you loosing it?’ thus you shall say to him, ‘Because the Lord has need of it.’”
32 So those who were sent went their way and found it just as He had said to them.
33 But as they were loosing the colt, the owners of it said to them, “Why are you loosing the colt?”
34 And they said, “The Lord has need of him.”
35 Then they brought him to Jesus. And they threw their own clothes on the colt, and they set Jesus on him.
36 And as He went, many spread their clothes on the road.
37 Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen,
38 saying: “ ‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
39 And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.”
40 But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”
Jesus Weeps over Jerusalem
41 Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it,
Ever wondered what the first Palm Sunday was like?
--Luke 19 gives a Scripture picture of those scenes.
--Let's join the joyous crowd, following the Lord!
Jesus was coming to Jerusalem the last time.
--As Priest, "to Jerusalem, to the temple." (Mark 11).
--As King, "Blessed is the King Who comes" (Luke 19).
--As Prophet, "He taught .. healed" (Luke 19:47-48)
--Fulfilling many prophecies, amid "Hosannas!"
--The world's Messiah-Savior presenting Himself to be our "passover Lamb" to take away our sin.
--To complet God's plan He began in Exodus 12.
--In Exodus it was an animal; with Jesus, God Himself.
Palm Sunday for Jesus began an up and down week, from a welcome of triumph, to a cross, and a tomb.
--But the way of the cross leads home! And new life!
All part of why Jesus came as God to earth - for us.
--He said, "To seek and to save the lost" (Luke 19:10).
--"I have come that you may have life" (John 10:10).
--"I came .. to fulfill the Law" (Matthew 5:17).
--"I came not to judge .. but save the world" (John 12:47).
--Much more. Came to show how to live, get to heaven!
Do you ever have an up and down week, or day?
--Most of us do, at times; for it is part of life.
--Things don't go as planned, or we hoped or prayed.
--So let's remember Jesus .. His trials and triumph.
So after 3 1/2 years of teaching, healing and blessing, we find Jesus leaving Galilee, for Passover in Jerusalem.
--He goes down the lush, fruitful Jordan valley to the ancient city of Jericho, where heals the blind.
--A huge crowd there followed .. as He passed along.
Among them was Zacchaeus, a man of ups and downs, despite his wealth and power, "chief tax collector."
--It's interesting how Jesus can save such, as He delivered St. Paul, "the chief of sinners" (I Timothy 1:15).
--It says of Zacchaeus, "he was rich," but got saved!
--Jesus came to dinner! "Salvation to this house!"
The first part of Luke 19 tells of Zacchaeus, so let's get better acquainted with him, for Jesus did.
--In a few words we are told a lot about him.
--Zacchaeus, in Hebrew, means pure. Was he pure?
--Next, we learn he was "chief of tax collectors."
--"And he was rich." "Ran" to see Jesus! Any today?
--As a despised publican he farmed taxes from Israelites for Rome. He no doubt was a bit greedy.
--As such he gave up his religion.
--He was denied temple rights.
--Like the one Jesus tells about "stood afar, smote his breast and prayed, 'God be merciful to me a sinner'" (Luke 18:13).
--Like we all, Zacchaeus needed forgiving, saving!
Up in the tree, to him, Jesus called him, "Zacchaeus, (knew his name), come down .. I must stay at your house" (v 5). Zacchaeus "received Him joyfully!"
--Jesus changed his life! How do we know?
--Zacchaeus said so in Luke 19:8, "half my goods give to the poor .. (if I cheated anyone) I restore four fold." What a testimony of a transformed life!
Jesus said, "Today salvation has come to this house."
--That's what He wants to do for everyone!
So our Lord and followers journey on to Jerusalem.
--Passed the Good Samaritan Inn, where we rested.
--As they walked Jesus talked. He had much to say.
Luke 19:29 says, "When He drew near," He sent disciples to fetch a donkey - kings used for inaugurals.
--Told them where to go, what to say, "The Lord .. has need of him."
--If for an animal, moreso for us! Everyone of us.
They brought the donkey, "set Jesus" on it; and, Palm Sunday's processional commenced.
--Many "spread clothes," cut "branches of palm trees."
--Cried, "Hosanna, blessed be the King of Israel, Who comes in the name of the Lord" (John 12:13).
Palms are significant, mentioned foten in the Bible, for believers to be like (Psalm 1, 92; elsewhere).
--We have walked the Biblical route they followed.
Listen! Can you hear the shouts? The "Hosannas"?
--This term, literally menas, "Lord, save us," it was also a word of praise to God! A glad petition.
--Down Olivet, throngs, "began to rejoice, and praise God with a loud voice, for all the mighty works they had seen" (Luke 19:37). O let's join them!
It was Jesus' most triumphal entry - until He returns!
--They kept saying, "Blessed is the King Who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, glory in the highest." My friend, we all should give Him glory!
In that crowd, waving palms and singing, were so many children. Thank God, for children who love Jesus.
--Religious leaders asked Jesus, tell the children to "stop such singing." And adults, also.
--He asked, in effect, "Do you hear what these children and others are saying?" Giving praise to God!
--Like Psalm 8:2, "From the lips of children and infants, You have ordained praise."
--So, Jesus said, "..if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out" (v 40).
A few may have thought Jesus was to be an earthly king.
--That would deliver them from a ruthless Roman rule.
--For now God's kingdom is spiritual, not earthly.
--When Jesus comes again, it will be both!
--Now He must reign in human hearts, as our King!
"Hosanna in the highest! The ancient song we sing, For Christ is our Redeemer, Lord of heaven, King! May we ever praise Him with heart, life, voice; And in His blissful presence, eternally rejoice!" - Jeannette Threlfall.
People are ruled by many things, other than the Lord.
--By rebellion - our own way. Pride. Lust. Greed.
--By costly appetites, things to harm body and soul.
--A Risen Savior can change us, and lead us aright.
Guiseppe Garibaldi's statue is over Italy; he united, and freed that beautiful nation.
--On a campaign they met a shepherd who lost a sheep.
--He had been seeking but could not find it.
--The General and his men took time to search for it.
--Toward evening, his men grew weary, returned empty.
--Garibaldi kept looking, long after dusk.
--With the lost sheep found, he came to camp with it.
--That's like Jesus does. And want us do.
Although multitudes followed Jesus in His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, shouting "Hosannas," not all did.
--"Some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, 'Teacher, rebuke Your disciples'" (v 39).
--They wanted to silence the crowd. Put Jesus down.
Jesus came as their Messiah, and three years and more He had proven Himself as such. Our Savior too.
--How? In His background - virgin born, sinless - as well as His messages and miracles.
--Even now was actually fulfilling prophecy of Him.
In His final appeal prior to the cross, Jesus replied, to the complaining Pharisees, "If these should keep silent, the very stones would .. cry out!"
They knew not the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9 Jesus alludes to, "Rejoice greatly O daughter of Zion, Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation. Lowly, and riding on a donkey..." Prophecies completing!
So Jesus had His ups and downs, and critics - as we.
--How should we face them? As Jesus did.
--Prayerfully, patiently, wisely, and lovingly.
--Knowing He is able to make "all things work for good to those who love God" (Romans 8:28).
So we read, verse 41, Jesus "saw the city, and wept over it." Why? For unbelief of many; what awaited.
--In a few years, 70 A.D., Titus destroyed the city!
--I wonder if Jesus - or we - weep over our towns?
--Over all the people, whom He loves? Wants to save.
--I wonder if they all love Him, with all our hearts?
On this historic, holy day, I pray, O God, help us to follow Jesus, in a triumphal entry in all hearts that we may have the victory of an Easter awakening!
--Are you His follower?
Wilbert D. Gough, ThD. DD. 402