The Triumphal Entry
February 7, 2021
 And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.  When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples,  saying, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here.  If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this: ‘The Lord has need of it.’”  So those who were sent went away and found it just as he had told them.  And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?”  And they said, “The Lord has need of it.”  And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it.  And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road.  As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works 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!”  And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.”  He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”  And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it,  saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.  For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side  and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.” (ESV)
This sermon included a verse by verse exposition of the text followed by three points of application.
1. Have you responded to the King’s terms of peace?
“Those who take Christ for their King must lay their all under His feet.” — Matthew Henry
2. Disciples are Ambassadors
“God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the ministry of reconciliation. So we are ambassadors for Christ, God making His appeal through us.” 2 Corinthians 5:19-21
3. Let us praise Him in Spirit and Truth
Questions For Discussion/Application:
- Re-read the text, Luke 19:28-44. What initial observations and insights do you have from reading this text?
- Read Psalm 118:25-26, and Zech. 9:9. In what ways does Jesus fulfill these prophesies here in Luke 19? These are just two examples of how Jesus fulfilled OT prophecy. There are obviously many more. How does it encourage your faith, when you see that Jesus fulfills numerous OT prophecies?
- Re-read verses 38-40. Why did the Pharisees tell Jesus to rebuke his disciples? In observing the people’s response of praise, what did the Pharisees fail to grasp and understand?
- What was Jesus trying to communicate in verse 40 when he said, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out” ?
- Why is Jesus worthy of praise? What reasons do we have to praise Him?
- Jesus is a glorious king, worthy of praise who invites us to represent Him and proclaim who He is and what He has done to those around us. How can we grow in doing just that?
- Consider taking time to express praise to God in prayer and asking that our lives would bring Him great glory.