Luke 19:28-44 28 After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 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?’ say, ‘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.”
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!”
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.”
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. 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.”
Different topics regarding Palm Sunday:
- Jesus weeping
- Crowd surrounding Jesus
- Prophetic fulfillment
Revelations 7:9-12 9 After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice:
“Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.”
11 All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying:
Praise and glory
and wisdom and thanks and honor
and power and strength
be to our God for ever and ever.
This revelation of the Apostle John seemed to mirror some of the triumphal entry account.
- People waving palm branches
- Declaring the salvation work of Jesus
- Declaring praises to God
There are similarities, but there are also differences.
- The triumphal entry was exalting what they thought was going to come
- The Revelations passage worshipped what has already happened
The disciples and those in the crowd were expecting Jesus to do something
- Establish an earthly Kingdom that would reign over the entire earth forever.
- Hope for a future freedom
- People’s respect
God had bigger plans for what Jesus was going to fulfill.
- Internal peace more than external peace.
- Eternal life for each person who believes
- Restoration of right relationship with God
- Adoption into God’s Kingdom
- Forgiveness of sins
- Hear His voice.
Revelations 7:13-17 13 Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?”
14 I answered, “Sir, you know.”
And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 Therefore,
“they are before the throne of God
and serve him day and night in his temple;
and he who sits on the throne
will shelter them with his presence.
16 ‘Never again will they hunger;
never again will they thirst.
The sun will not beat down on them,’[
nor any scorching heat.
17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne
will be their shepherd;
‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’
‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
God’s Actual plan
- Eternal peace
- No sickness or sorrow
- No aging
- Seeing God
- With all of our family, friends and loved ones
- No more hunger or pain
- Complete safety
WHAT IS TO COME WILL BE FAR GREATER THAN OUR IMAGINATIONS CAN EXPECT
How a future hope should change us
- We should not be driven so much by our fears and insecurities
- We should become much more involved in worshipping Jesus.
- We should not be driven so much for our human advancements and be more mindful for God’s Kingdom advancements.
How would you act if you knew an event that you had high expectations for was going to be far better than you expected?
- You would tell everyone about it
- You would share your excitement with your friends
- You would read all about it
- You may invest more money into it
- You would count down the amount of days until it happens
During this week leading to Easter:
- Rejoice and worship Him for His victory!
- Be mindful to share with others the Easter message!