LUKE 19: 28-40
Jesus’ Triumphant Entry
28 After telling this story, Jesus went on toward Jerusalem, walking ahead of his disciples. 29 As 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. 31 If anyone asks, ‘Why are you untying that colt?’ just say, ‘The Lord needs it.’”
32 So they went and found the colt, just as Jesus had said. 33 And sure enough, as they were untying it, the owners asked them, “Why are you untying that colt?”
34 And the disciples simply replied, “The Lord needs it.” 35 So they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their garments over it for him to ride on.
36 As he rode along, the crowds spread out their garments on the road ahead of him. 37 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.
38 “Blessings on the King who comes in the name of the Lord!
Peace in heaven, and glory in highest heaven!”
39 But some of the Pharisees among the crowd said, “Teacher, rebuke your followers for saying things like that!”
40 He replied, “If they kept quiet, the stones along the road would burst into cheers!”
- As you reflect today on this passage and Pastor Chris’ sermon yesterday, think about whether Jesus is really the King and Lord of your life.
In which areas are you unwilling to submit to His Lordship? Are you hanging on to being in control of “your own” destiny? Are you frantic about controlling “your own” money? Are you grumbling and complaining because the pandemic is cutting into “your own” free time and leisure activities?
- Consider the sharp contrast between Palm Sunday and Good Friday. Imagine yourself in the crowd proclaiming Jesus as “King” and then in the crowd shouting for Him to be crucified. Do you think these crowds were made up of entirely different groups of people? How is it possible that we can treat Jesus as Lord of our lives one day and then we can be angry or sad because He hasn’t given us what we have wanted when we have wanted it?
- Confess your areas of control before Jesus our King. Pray and ask for forgiveness and ask the Holy Spirit for empowerment to help you as you submit each day more and more to His Lordship in your life.