The followers of Jesus must have been convinced He was Messiah (Peter said as much) and
they must have been waiting for some powerful launch into the forefront of Israel, taking
control of the Temple, expelling the Romans, and purging the leaven from the Jewish
priesthood. In other words, the disciples were ready for the King to take over His kingdom.
They still didn’t quite understand that His kingdom was not of this world.
Luke 19:28-44 “Because the Lord has need of it.”
The scene is almost laughable in some ways, riding on a donkey. Don’t kings have magnificent
steeds? But we have studied before the symbolism of the King who comes in peace. This is the
fulfilment of 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.” _________________________________
The Lord directs two disciples to go acquire the colt by this authority: “The Lord has need of
Servant principle exhibited here – Every good and perfect gift comes from God.
The disciples lead in worship. They put their cloaks on the donkey for Jesus to set on and then
the crowd, observing this, began to place their garments on the ground as a show of respect
and honor. Another servant principle here: The Lord has called His Church to be generous,
giving freely when we see others in need. James 1:27, “Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of
our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained
by the world.” ____________________________________________________________________
The crowd begins to shout to the Lord. But it’s not incoherent babble. They are quoting Psalm
118:26, shouting praise to Jesus as He enters the city. Each Gospel account contains this
reference but only Luke says, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord.” Luke
wants to include the context of the verse with what precedes it in Psalm 118. “Open to me the
gates of righteousness; I will go through them, And I will praise the LORD. This is the gate of
the LORD, Through which the righteous shall enter. I will praise You, For You have
answered me, And have become my salvation. The stone which the builders rejected Has
become the chief cornerstone. This was the LORD’s doing; It is marvelous in our eyes. This
is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. Save now, I pray, O LORD;
O LORD, I pray, send now prosperity. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD! We
have blessed you from the house of the LORD. God is the LORD, And He has given us light;
Bind the sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar. You are my God, and I will praise
You; You are my God, I will exalt You.” (verses 19-28) _____________________
This is clearly Messianic prophesy and it frightens and enrages the Pharisees’ in the crowd:
“Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” ____________________________________________
“The rocks will cry out”, may allude back to the Lord’s rebuke of Cain, “The voice of your
brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground.” Genesis 4:10 ___________________
It is within this context of rebuke that Jesus gazes upon Jerusalem and wept. Here, Jesus delivers
a heart breaking pronouncement.
1. First – “in this your day”. _________________________________________________
Second – “For days will come”. _______________________________________________
Palm Sunday has one of those OT parallels that we have observed throughout our study of Luke.
David comes to Jerusalem - Jesus comes to Jerusalem.
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