THE TRIUMPHAL ENTRY

Sermon: PastorBryan


Introduction

 Excitement is contagious and that’s what was happening as Jesus enters Jerusalem. The crowd goes wild, the entry of a new King who will save them from the Roman oppressors. Oh how they love him and honor his triumphal entry. But how quickly the crowd can turn into a mob and the same ones praising his victorious entry shouting his praises will soon be shouting for his crucifixion.

I recently watched a social experiment where people were asked to take a survey. Each person was given the survey on a clipboard and asked to sit in a small waiting room with others who were also taking the survey. What they didn’t know was that a few of the people in the room were actors and part of a social experiment. As they sat completing the survey a bell would ring and the actors would stand. When the bell rang again the actors would sit down. One by one as people entered the room they witnessed the bell and behavior. Eventually most of the people joined in with the actors and when the bell rang one time they would stand, when it rang again they would sit down. Even when the actors left the room the group continued to follow the order of the bells. This is called social compliance.

Luke 19: 28-40 – The Triumphal Entry

28 When He had said this, He went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 And it came to pass, when He drew near to Bethpage and Bethany, at the mountain called Olivet, that He sent two of His disciples, 30 saying, “Go into the village opposite you, where as you enter you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Loose it and bring it here. 31 And if anyone asks you, ‘Why are you loosing it?’ thus you shall say to him, ‘Because the Lord has need of it.’”

32 So those who were sent went their way and found it just as He had said to them. 33 But as they were loosening the colt, the owners of it said to them, “Why are you loosing the colt?”

34 And they said, “The Lord has need of him.” 35 Then they brought him to Jesus. And they threw their own clothes on the colt, and they set Jesus on him. 36 And as He went, many spread their clothes on the road.

37 Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, 38 saying:

 

“‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!’

Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

 

39 And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.”

40 But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”

Scripture Examined

Luke 19: 28-34

28 When He had said this, He went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 And it came to pass, when He drew near to Bethpage and Bethany, at the mountain called Olivet, that He sent two of His disciples, 30 saying, “Go into the village opposite you, where as you enter you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Loose it and bring it here. 31 And if anyone asks you, ‘Why are you loosing it?’ thus you shall say to him, ‘Because the Lord has need of it.’”

32 So those who were sent went their way and found it just as He had said to them. 33 But as they were loosening the colt, the owners of it said to them, “Why are you loosing the colt?”

34 And they said, “The Lord has need of him.” 

Jesus and the Disciples were traveling to Jerusalem. As the festival of Passover approached there was probably a great deal of travelers heading in the same direction. Those who traveled with Jesus must have thought they were merely going for the festival.

Christ sends two disciples into the village to get a colt that he will use to make his entrance into Jerusalem. We don’t know who the disciples were only that they were obedient. They may have thought this to be an odd request since Jesus never rode, but walked everywhere he went. It wasn’t uncommon though for religious or political leaders to borrow property for a brief time and return it to when finished.

In riding a donkey Jesus is fulfilling prophecy about his entrance into Jerusalem.

Zechariah 9:9

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your King is coming to you;
He is just and having salvation,
Lowly and riding on a donkey,
A colt, the foal of a donkey.

Luke 19: 35-36

35 Then they brought him to Jesus. And they threw their own clothes on the colt, and they set Jesus on him. 36 And as He went, many spread their clothes on the road.

“And they threw their own clothes on the colt”. This gesture is very symbolic in those times. By throwing their own clothes on the colt they were acknowledging Jesus as their king. This was the custom when the people found that God had appointed a man to be king.

John 12:13 also states when people heard Jesus was coming into Jerusalem they took palm branches and went out to meet him. This was customary to do for a victorious King as he arrived in town.

Can you understand why there was such a stir in Jerusalem and why so many people were upset?

Luke 19: 37-38

37 Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, 38 saying:

 “‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!’

Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

When the crowd shouts “‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” they are shouting Psalm 118:26. This acknowledges Jesus as King and Messiah.

  Luke 19: 39-40

39 And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.”

40 But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”

It’s one thing to pronounce someone king but to announce someone as Messiah was considered sacrilegious.  Those religious leaders in the crowd were appalled. How dare they make this statement? If anyone were going to determine the arrival of the Messiah it would be those religious leaders.

When they confronted Jesus about what his disciples were saying they probably expected him to comply and help clear up his disciple’s misguided notion. However, Jesus confirms what his disciples are shouting is justified and acceptable. Jesus says, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.” In other words, all of creation expects this. In Romans 8:19 Paul says, For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.

What Jesus was ushering in had been in the planning for many years. The effects of this would be felt by creation itself.

~Amen


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