The King Arrives
Reading: Luke 19:28-40
After He had said these things, He was going on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. When He approached Bethphage and Bethany, near the mount that is called Olivet, He sent two of the disciples, saying, “Go into the village ahead of you; there, as you enter, you will find a colt tied on which no one yet has ever sat; untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of it.’” So those who were sent went away and found it just as He had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” They said, “The Lord has need of it.” They brought it to Jesus, and they threw their coats on the colt and put Jesus on it. As He was going, they were spreading their coats on the road. As soon as He was approaching, near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles which they had seen, shouting: “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord; Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” But Jesus answered, “I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!” [NASB1995®]
Jesus arrives in Jerusalem, and his entry does not go unnoticed by anyone. Many times, in meditating on this passage, one of the things that most draws our attention is how it is possible that this effusive welcome will become, a few days later, the request for his death. I would like us to consider some other aspects of this passage.
Jerusalem is Jesus’ destiny: When we see Jesus sending His disciples to seek the donkey on which he will enter the city, we must consider one important thing. Throughout the previous passages, we have read several times that Jesus is going to Jerusalem. He has announced that his destiny is to give his life for us; that he will be imprisoned, killed and resurrected. When we see Jesus entering Jerusalem, we see a man who knows perfectly what will happen, for these are the plans of the Father from the beginning.
Jesus is the Coming King:
Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem is the entrance of a king, and he is truly the King of Kings. With this type of arrival, Jesus is making a clear statement about who He is. Jesus is the announced Messiah. He is Christ. He is King. With this entrance He is proclaiming it to the four winds. He knows this will not please many people, but He is doing the Father’s will.
Everyone should know that the King has come: The whole universe has its eyes on what is going to happen. God’s Eternal Plan, all that has been announced since the beginning of time, the promise of an Eternal Covenant is about to be fulfilled. Probably those who throw branches and coats at the feet of Jesus are not clear about the role they are playing; in reality the only one who knows and fully understands what is happening is Jesus himself. When the Pharisees recommend that Jesus silence the crowd (perhaps because they are sincerely trying to care for him) Jesus tells them that if people are silent, the stones will praise God.
Is it not worthy of glory and praise that the King of Kings has become a servant, that he has taken on human form, and that he has given up his life for ours?
MEDITATE: In the next few days we will see Jesus insulted, despised, beaten, and dead. That suffering of Jesus is one of the greatest evidences of the love and power of God manifested in the Gospel. Every event is part of a wonderful plan; nothing is subject to chance.
Scripture quotation taken from the (NASB®) New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Translation By: Emily Stader