For the past ten chapters in Luke’s Gospel, we have traveled with Jesus from Galilee to Jerusalem.
Not only did Jesus arrive in Jerusalem, the center of the worship of God, but he came when the city was filled with pilgrims who had come to worship God at their most memorable festivals.
Rudy Ross has some important information about these festivals in today’s YouTube video on the Bob Spradling channel.
Rudy reminds us that the events of God’s work in history are connected. The Exodus from slavery in Egypt is a picture of humanity’s exodus from slavery to sin.
Friends Along the Way
One of my favorite preachers believes that the man who supplied the colt to Jesus was an unnamed follower of the Savior.
I like his thoughts on the subject. While I am expressing appreciation for that preacher, I am also grateful for Rudy’s insights on this passage. Take a few minutes to listen to Rudy today. You will be happy that you did.
Let’s see what this unnamed follower of Jesus did.
— Luke 19.29-34 – When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples,
Saying, “Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here.
“If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it.’”
So those who were sent departed and found it as he had told them.
As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?”
They said, “The Lord needs it.”
When the man heard, “The Lord needs it,” he quickly responded. He had the privilege of knowing that it was upon his colt that Jesus fulfilled the prophecy of Zechariah 9.9.
We never know what God will do with us when we allow him to use what we have.
— A little boy shared his lunch and Jesus used it to feed 5000 people.
— The women who followed Jesus and provided for his ministry from their possessions, have a special place in Christian history.
— Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus provided the tomb, where Jesus spent three days prior to the resurrection.
Let’s ask ourselves how willing are we to respond to requests from Jesus for our time, talents, or possessions?
Entry into Jerusalem
Five hundred years before Jesus sat on the colt, Zechariah prophesied that the Messiah would arrive in Jerusalem like this.
Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem!
Lo, your king comes to you;
triumphant and victorious is he,
humble and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey. (Zechariah 9.9)
Luke recorded the fulfillment of Zechariah’s prophesy.
–– Luke 19.35-38 – Then they brought it to Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it.
As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road.
As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power 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 heaven!”
The people were motivated to express exuberant praise because they had seen “deeds of power.” The miracles that we have read about in the Gospel of Luke were a small sample of Jesus’ powerful deeds.
I remember Josh Monk saying on more than one occasion, “Let’s not take the miracles that we see for granted.” Think of the miracles of transformed lives you have witnessed and give God great praise.
The Hebrew word for “peace” is shalom. It is a greeting that is given to one another, but it is so much more.
Peace is God’s well-being for people in every form possible. With the arrival of the Messiah, the crowd was right to celebrate a time of well-being from God.
When we pray for God’s name to be hallowed and his kingdom to come, the answer to that prayer is God’s name being blessed and God’s peace coming to earth.
Conflict in Jerusalem
The presence of a band of people from Galilee, along with an untrained teacher, threatened the stability of the existing religious system.
— Luke 19.39-40 – Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, order your disciples to stop.”
He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.”
The conflict between Jesus and existing power structures will be a major theme in the next chapters.
What is important for us is to make sure that we have enough discernment from the Holy Spirit to be on Jesus’ side. Humility and a teachable spirit are essential for that to take place.
YouTube and Prayer
Rudy Ross has some important information for us on today’s YouTube video. It is on the Bob Spradling YouTube channel.
Please email your prayer request to firstname.lastname@example.org or private message me on Facebook. The Maywood prayer team will pray for you.