Luke19: 27-48

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Luke 19:28   

The day Jesus cried

27 But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them-bring them here and kill them in front of me.'”28 After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.

Jesus now comes to his last, week before the crucifixion. He had been to Jerusalem at least half a dozen times before; but there was to be something very special about this visit!

Knowing full well what awaited Him, Jesus went knowing exactly what He was getting into; John makes it clear that there was a price on Jesus’ head; an “all-points-bulletin” was put out for His arrest. John 11:57 But the chief priests and Pharisees had given orders that if anyone found out where Jesus was, he should report it so that they might arrest him. Yet, He came into Jerusalem in the most public way possible.

29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, 30 “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 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ tell him, ‘The Lord needs it.'” 32 Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. 33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34 They replied, “The Lord needs it.”

Bethany is actually on the eastern slope of the Mount of Olives. It is facing the Judaean wilderness and you come from Bethany over the top of the Mount of Olives down into the Kidron valley and then back up into the city of Jerusalem. And so as He came over the top of the Mount of Olives and began the descent down the mountain, He carefully and deliberately sends His disciples to make arrangements and to get a donkey for His arrival into Jerusalem fulfilling the prophecy of  Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of  Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

A donkey was the ride of choice for a man of peace, a merchant or a priest. A king might take that ride on occasion, but he would be more likely to appear on a mighty war-horse. But Zechariah’s prophecy saw Messiah as the Prince of peace.”

One might think why the Lord would have need of anything. But He does. He needed a boat from which to preach (Luke 5:3–6). He needed some loaves and fishes to feed the crowd (Matthew 14:16–18). He needed a coin to make a point (Matthew 22:19). He needed a room to share the Last Supper with His disciples (Matthew 26:18). He needed a tomb to rise from the dead (Matthew 27:60).

Jesus has chosen to place Himself in a position of need. The bible says He who was rich became poor for our sake 2 Corinthians 8:9

Why would God want to do something like this?

I believe one of the reasons was in order that we might partner with Him in what He wants to do on the earth. Whether it’s preaching the Word or feeding the multitude, the Lord has chosen to say, “I need you” looking for the opportunity to demonstrate his love to you and through you!.

 Before the donkey could be used by the Lord, it first had to be loosed. That’s exactly what we need to happen.

Even though we are born again, like Lazarus coming forth from the grave, oftentimes, we’re still bound (John 11:44).

But as we get together and hear the teaching of the Word, with our brothers and sisters along with worship and prayer, we can find ourselves loosed or released from those things that so easily binds us.

Heb 10:25  Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another-and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

35 They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36 As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road. 37 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:38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

Luke’s Gospel began with the angels saying, “Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth”. Now here, toward the end of his life; because man will reject the Prince of Peace, there will still be glory to God in the highest but no peace on earth.

For much of Jesus’ ministry He was despised and rejected of men and many of the crowds following Him cared only for what they could get from Him, and most His audience rejected any kind of personal commitment to Him. (Same motivation of today)

But on this day, Jesus was going to be praised. For most of His ministry, Jesus did everything He could to discourage people from publicly celebrating Him as Messiah. But here, Jesus goes out of His way to invite public praise and adoration as Messiah.

He knew that once the multitude cried out to Him and once He received their praise, His enemies had to either make Him King or crucify Him as a criminal so He’s forcing their hand.

39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” 40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

The people were acclaiming Jesus as the Messiah. The Pharisee’s realized that’s what they were doing and so they said you hear what they’re saying? Stop them!

The Apostle John writes of Jesus John 1:11 “He came unto His own, and His own received Him not”. The first word translated “own” refers to creation; the second “own” refers to humanity.

The idea of creation itself praising God may seem strange, but the Bible speaks about it in a few places

Ps 148:7-13 Praise the LORD from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, 8 lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding, 9 you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, 10 wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds, 11 kings of the earth and all nations, you princes and all rulers on earth, 12 young men and maidens, old men and children. 13 Let them praise the name of the LORD, his name alone is exalted; his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.

Ps 96:11-12 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it; 12 let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy;

This is also evidenced by the water that supported Him in Matthew 14:25, the storm that stopped for Him in Mark 4:39, and now the rocks were ready to praise Him had He not quieted them, yet today the rocks cry out as Archeology continues to prove the accounts of the Bible to be true! So you see nature indeed received Him. It is only humanity that is failing to do so.

Why did Jesus want to receive such praise? It was not for His sake. It wasn’t that Jesus had a self-esteem problem and needed affirmation. Jesus wants to be praised because we need to praise Him. God deserves His praise, and He invites us to be a part of it.

These people praised Jesus with whatever they had, using simple things like palm branches they honored him with their garments. This meant a lot in their time, when most people had only one set of clothes; this was To lay aside part of their small wardrobe to let a man riding a donkey to go over them was a real sacrificial offering!  

Their praise was filled with remembrance and thanks giving. They remembered all the mighty works they saw Jesus do such as the raising of Lazarus from the dead, the healings & forgiveness that came through Jesus. They told of the great things God had done in their life.

Jesus had become not only their Savior but also their hero and they all knew he was the real deal and should be praised and worshipped!

Put the skeptic in Tropicana Field or Raymond James stadium or one of the Sport centers and he will become a radical worshiper.

Watch the hands of those who wouldn’t be caught dead lifting their hands in worship to the Lord; but they shoot into the air with the sound of applause the moment their hero makes a ten-yard gain or scores a goal. That’s because man is innately a worshiper, he needs to worship.

But unfortunately so many times it’s misdirected toward movie stars or athletes rather than to the only One to whom worship is truly due.

41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42 and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace-but now it is hidden from your eyes.                                                  

Jesus shows us the heart of God, how even when judgment must be pronounced, it is never done with joy. There is weeping in the heart of God even when His judgment is perfectly just and righteous

As the crowd rejoiced Jesus wept. His heart was broken by what He saw everywhere He looked because He can see what the blindness is going to cause. So He begins to tell them about it!

It is the eleventh hour for the Jewish nation captivity and destruction are on the horizon – their leaders have rejected Jesus, and most of the people have as well! But there is still time, if they will only take advantage of the opportunity in front of them.                                        

Why was this day so important? Because this was the day prophesied by Daniel 9:25 that Messiah would come into Jerusalem.  Dan 9:25  “Know and understand this: From the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble.

Daniel said that it would be 483 years on the Jewish calendar from the day of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem to the day the Messiah would come to Jerusalem – and it was 483 years, by the Jewish reckoning of 360 day years, exactly to the day.

God expected them to know about their savior and his coming. God had given sufficient prophecies that they should have known. There was really no excuse for their blindness or for their ignorance. Even as there is no excuse for the one who reject Jesus as savior even today!  We have the scriptures just as they did!

43 The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. 44 They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”

Josephus describes this siege that took place under Titus the Roman general. He describes the horror of the people within the city of Jerusalem. The starvation and how anarchy broke out within the city and they began to kill each other for food to the point that there more Jews killed by their fellow Jews than by the Roman soldiers.

Jesus could see this. He could see the siege and the effects of the siege. He could see the starving people, the starving children, and He wept because He knew this was to be the price that they would have to pay for rejecting the Messiah.

And even as the desolation came to them because of their rejection of Jesus, so desolation & destruction for all of eternity will come to every person who rejects Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

This man’s Man who would drive out the money changers from the temple with no one daring to stop Him was nonetheless brought to tears as He saw what was happening everywhere He looked and where it was leading.

As He looked on the city of Jerusalem, He knew they had missed their day. Had the people been studying the scriptures and prophecy, they would have known that this was the exact day of His arrival.

That’s why we are told in 2 Tim 2:15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

As He looked within, He saw hearts filled with deceit, hypocrisy, and evil intensions

As He looked ahead, He saw that the city would be surrounded by her enemies, the people slaughtered. And, before forty years would pass, the Romans would attack Jerusalem and between six hundred thousand and one million Jews would be killed.

Jesus’ heart was broken as He wept  compassionately for a people He knew would not only reject Him but also crucify Him.

Jesus didn’t give up on the people of Jerusalem ; He doesn’t give up on me; and He won’t give up on you.

45 Then he entered the temple area and began driving out those who were selling. 46 “It is written,” He said to them, “‘My house will be a house of prayer’; but you have made it ‘a den of robbers.'”

Jesus’ tears of sorrow from a broken heart turned to pain and quickly to a righteous anger.

Every Jewish male had to pay a yearly temple tax – an amount equaling about two days pay. It had to be paid in the currency of the temple, and the money exchangers would change your money for the temple money, and they did it at outrageous rates. They also did this in the outer courts of the temple, the only area where Gentiles could come and pray

The priests who were supposed to be praying for the people were instead those who preyed on the people.  And there were profiteers working in cooperation with the priests, as they robbed visitors that came to the temple by forcing them to purchase “temple-approved” sacrificial animals and currencies at inflated prices.

Their corruption of the court  of gentiles defeated one of the purposes of the temple to be  a house of prayer for everybody

Therefore, this place of prayer was made into a swap meet, and a dishonest one at that!

47 Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him. 48 Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his words.

Every day till the passover came, and only in the day; for at night he went out of the city to Bethany, or to the Mount of Olives:   Jesus knew in a few days, Annas and the chief priests would get revenge. Until then, He would keep teaching.

I find the choice of words the people hung on every word Jesus spoke interesting; for as they hung on His words, He was about to hang on the Cross for them.

This was their day, their day of God’s visitation. It was their day when God was offering to them salvation. Sadly they rejected the Messiah to their own loss and hurt.

There is that day when God comes to you and God gives you the opportunity of eternal life.

He offers an opportunity to share in the kingdom of God and to become a citizen of His eternal kingdom.

TODAY IS THAT DAY!

 

Josh 24:15 But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”