The people of Jerusalem expected their prophesied and long-awaited king to enter into the city as a conquering general complete with an impressive display. But Jesus did not come to fulfill expectations, but more often than not to subvert them. Adam Barnett explores the way Jesus entered Jerusalem and how we are to respond.
The Stones Will Cry Out
Life with Jesus | Week 7
April 14, 2019 | Adam Barnett
Luke 19:28-34 NIV
After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’” Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” They replied, “The Lord needs it.”
Zechariah 9:9 NIV
Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
As the ambassador of the ultimate Kingdom, the Prince of Peace came not to conquer men, but sin.
Luke 19:35-38 NIV
They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road. When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
Jesus didn’t come to claim kingship of the throne, but kingship of hearts and minds.
Luke 19:39 NIV
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”
Luke 19:40 NIV
“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
Jesus will receive the praise He is due!