Saturday, April 19, 2014

Triumphal Entry of Christ into Jerusalem - Luke 19

In Luke 19:28-44, Jesus makes an open declaration that he is the Messiah. He referred to himself as Lord in verse 31. He entered Jerusalem on a donkey, fulfilling the prophesy of Zechariah 9:9. Matthew stated that clearly (21:2), but Luke, writing to a Gentile audience, did not see the need to do so. Jesus’ disciples paid homage to him by throwing their cloaks down on the rode and crying “blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”. Yet, he is the humble king on a donkey, not a chariot.
The Pharisees understood what was going on: They told Jesus to rebuke his disciples. Since they did not believe Jesus was the Messiah, they believed it inappropriate to for him to allow his disciples to proclaim it. But the worship of Christ is ultimately unstoppable.
Tomorrow we will worship Christ as KIng, risen from death, glorified, seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven, reigning in heaven until all enemies are put under his feet. Many will ignore us and him, many will deride, and man will oppose. But the worship of Christ is ultimately unstoppable.
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