Alex Enabnit-Teaching Resident
For awhile we have been skipping around Luke, grouping passages by category. Not anymore! We’re back to chronological order with a new series called “The Arrival.” This weekend we started with the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem in Luke 19:28-44.
This passage is interesting for various reasons, but the two main points that Cal highlighted during the message were:
1. The Donkey
The donkey that Jesus rode into Jerusalem was a very valuable commodity in these days. It would be fair to compare it to a modern day Porsche – not exactly an everyday occurrence. These animals were actually so expensive that multiple families might have had to pool their resources and take joint ownership just to have a donkey. Despite all this, they still allowed the disciples to take the donkey because, “The Lord need[ed] it.”
Also, this donkey was unbroken. Can you imagine trying to ride an unbroken donkey? Yet Jesus didn’t get bucked off. And another interesting point is that a donkey was a sign of peace – when a king came to declare war, he would ride a horse, but for peaceful entries a donkey. Most importantly, this donkey fulfilled a prophesy made years earlier in Zechariah 9:9.
2. Jesus Weeping
With all the praises and joyful shouts from the entourage escorting Jesus into Jerusalem, you might think this would be like a ticker tape parade for the Messiah, yet Jesus is… weeping? Why is that? In verses 41-44, Luke tells us that Jesus is weeping because He knows what is about to happen to Jerusalem.
Just 30 short years later, Jesus’ words came true: Rome laid siege to Jerusalem, eventually overtaking the city and slaughtering 600,000 men, women, and children without mercy. Why again was Jesus weeping? Because none of it would have happened if only they would have understood His identity as the Messiah, a truth that would have brought them peace.
Jesus came to Jerusalem offering peace but they rejected Him. What is your response to Jesus? Have you buried your pride and admitted that you don’t have it together? You are never more together than when you realize you are broken!
Other verses and quotes:
2 Kings 9:12-13; John 12:12-13; Psalm 118:26; Luke 1:77; Colossians 1:19-20; Romans 5:1-2; Psalms 34:18; Psalm 51:17; Psalm 102:17; Psalm 147:3; Isaiah 57:15; Isaiah 66:2; Luke 6:21
“How else but through a broken heart May Lord Christ enter in?” Oscar Wilde
“God uses broken things. Broken soil to produce a crop, broken clouds to give rain, broken grain to give bread, broken bread to give strength. It is the broken alabaster box that gives forth perfume. It is Peter, weeping bitterly, who returns to greater power than ever.” Vance Havner
“God weeps with us so that we may someday laugh with him.” Jurgen Moltmann