Sustained by God’s Word of Hope
Luke 19:28-48: Jesus enters Jerusalem riding on a colt, and crowds greet him with shouts of praise. His entry marks the beginning of his final days in Jerusalem, and he weeps over the city. He then enters the Temple, driving out the merchants.
“God bless the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory to God!”
28After Jesus said this, he went on in front of them toward Jerusalem.29As he came near Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, he sent two disciples ahead30with these instructions: “Go to the village there ahead of you; as you go in, you will find a colt tied up that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here.31If someone asks you why you are untying it, tell him that the Master needs it.”
32They went on their way and found everything just as Jesus had told them.33As they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying it?”
34“The Master needs it,” they answered,35and they took the colt to Jesus. Then they threw their cloaks over the animal and helped Jesus get on.36As he rode on, people spread their cloaks on the road.
37When he came near Jerusalem, at the place where the road went down the Mount of Olives, the large crowd of his disciples began to thank God and praise him in loud voices for all the great things that they had seen:38 “God bless the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory to God!”
39Then some of the Pharisees in the crowd spoke to Jesus. “Teacher,” they said, “command your disciples to be quiet!”
40Jesus answered, “I tell you that if they keep quiet, the stones themselves will start shouting.”
41He came closer to the city, and when he saw it, he wept over it,42saying, “If you only knew today what is needed for peace! But now you cannot see it!43The time will come when your enemies will surround you with barricades, blockade you, and close in on you from every side.44They will completely destroy you and the people within your walls; not a single stone will they leave in its place, because you did not recognize the time when God came to save you!”
45Then Jesus went into the Temple and began to drive out the merchants,46 saying to them, “It is written in the Scriptures that God said, ‘My Temple will be a house of prayer.’ But you have turned it into a hideout for thieves!”
47 Every day Jesus taught in the Temple. The chief priests, the teachers of the Law, and the leaders of the people wanted to kill him,48but they could not find a way to do it, because all the people kept listening to him, not wanting to miss a single word.
How did the crowd honor Jesus? What was the reaction of the Pharisees? Jesus refers to the Temple as a “house of prayer,” but the Temple had become a dishonest commercial marketplace. How did the chief priests react to what Jesus did? How will you honor Jesus today?
I praise and honor you, Lord Jesus! You are my King and my Savior. Reign in my heart forever. Glory to God! Amen.
Those preparing for Holy Week.
Luke 20:1-18: Religious leaders question Jesus’s authority.