Big Hill Bible Studies
21 March 2018 Entry
This Sunday we will celebrate Palm Sunday. Please read Luke 19:28-44 (this account can also be found in Matthew 21:1-9, Mark 11:1-10, and John 12:12-19). Jesus arranged for two disciples to go ahead of the rest and have a donkey colt available for Him to ride into Jerusalem. I love the way this is just plainly stated in verses 30-34. There was no phone call made, no text or on-line reservation made. Jesus said it would be there, just go ahead and get it ready. If anyone asks just say, "The Lord has need of it." They went on ahead and found the donkey. As they were taking it, the owners asked what they were doing. They said, "The Lord has need of it" and they took the colt to Jesus. That ended the encounter. It constantly amazes me how the scriptures record these events without a lot of fanfare. The authors of these gospels are recording things they had seen and understood as being of Christ. He was amazing and did amazing things. Today He is amazing and does amazing things. And a time is coming when we will see Him and live eternally in His amazing presence.
Verses 36-38 record His entry into Jerusalem. Picture what took place. Jesus enters Jerusalem riding a colt (Matthew records the mare came along also). Verse 37 tells us the "whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God joyfully." Jesus was received with shouts of praise and joy. They shouted, "Blessed is the King Who comes in the name of the Lord; Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!" The crowd was so excited and celebrated to such an extent some of the Pharisees standing by told Jesus to rebuke them. Jesus replies (v40), "I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!"
Now look to verses 41-44. Jesus approaches Jerusalem and is overcome with sorrow. He weeps for Jerusalem because He knows what is about to happen. In 70AD, Titus laid siege to Jerusalem and took the city just as Jesus described in these verses. Roman forces took the city by cutting of supplies and starving the people out. It took nearly 6 months for the occupation to take place, but when it did the Romans leveled the city, demolishing it and slaughtering thousands and taking the survivors to be victims of the gladiator games and the Roman C unircus.
Let's think about this for a couple minutes. Jesus enters Jerusalem and is received as the King coming in the name of the Lord. The people accepted Him and celebrated His presence in such a way the Pharisees were threatened and instructed Jesus to calm them down. Yet as Jesus comes into the city, He weeps for those who celebrate His arrival. Rather than living for the moment, He weeps for the people and their future. Knowing what was to come, He unselfishly chose to weep for the people because He loved them so much. Isn't He amazing?