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Message Summary
This message examines the intricate details of Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem. Jesus would use this living illustration to communicate many important messages about who He was, why He came, how He lived His life, and the depth of His love for people who are spiritually lost. It also contained messages about our need to trust and obey God, as well as the importance of motives in worship! The Triumphal Entry was a beautiful event, prophesied in the Old Testament, but few, if any, there that day, fully understood the deeper spiritual ramifications. However, later, after Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection, the lessons of this event would be burned into the hearts and minds of the disciples!

Community Group Discussion Guide

1. When you think of Kings back in the Bible times, describe what picture comes to mind when you think of a king traveling from one place to another? Describe the scene.

2.The picture of Jesus’ Triumphal Entry was certainly different. Describe the differences and some of the reasons Jesus chose to enter Jerusalem in the way He did.

Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

3. While the religious leaders of Jesus’ day, as well as His disciples, expected a political messiah, Jesus had come for a much different and much greater reason. Read the following verses and discuss the reasons Jesus had left heaven and come to earth.

John 18:36  Jesus said, "My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place."

Luke 19:10  For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost."

Mark 10:45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Luke 19:41 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.


4. The crowd that surrounded Jesus on the day of His Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem shouted praises to Him, however, only a few days later, crowds would surround Jesus with a totally different agenda. What changed and what does this teach us about the importance of our motives in worship?

Luke 19:37 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!”

John 19:14  It was the day of Preparation of Passover Week, about the sixth hour. "Here is your king," Pilate said to the Jews.
John 19:15  But they shouted, "Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!" "Shall I crucify your king?" Pilate asked. "We have no king but Caesar," the chief priests answered.


FULL SERMON NOTES
"Without a word The mountains speak
The song that all creation sings
painted skies, the sun and stars
The Heavens tell how great You are!"
Kari Jobe

Such amazing words. "The mountains speak!" In our text today, we'll hear Jesus tell the religious leaders that if people don't sing God's praises, the very stones of the earth will cry out" I don't know about you, but I don't want a rock doing my job! I think it's beautiful that the creation sings of God's majesty, but I don't want the reason to be that I wouldn't!
Verse two of that song says this…

"A rugged cross, A humble King
How beautiful the mystery
That love would bleed from majesty"

Today we will look at a story that paints an amazing picture of that humble, yet majestic King! Most preachers have one message and lots of illustrations. Jesus would take one illustration and teach many messages. Let's pray and ask God to help us see, learn and apply the messages!

"Father God, thank You for Your majesty! Thank you for Your love! Thank You for Your willingness to sacrifice so much on the Cross! We love You! We praise You! We exalt You! We worship You, for You are worthy to be praised! Teach us today, help us today, draw us by Your precious Holy Spirit so we can worship You in Spirit and in truth! We want to hear from You, we want to see You move in our church, in our community, in our families, and in our personal lives! Let Your anointing overshadow me so that You will be exalted. It is in the most beautiful name of Jesus I pray and I believe! Amen!!

We've been looking at some of the stories that led up to the big story of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. Jesus had told His disciples He was going to Jerusalem to be put to death. They didn't understand and the very idea was against everything they had been taught about the Messiah! It also went against what they had seen and witnessed in Jesus. He certainly had the power, the charisma, and the following to become a political leader. Regardless of what Jesus had said to them about His coming death, and on more than one occasion, the disciples still held out hope He would not die, but would become their earthly king. Their hopes were about to be rekindled by what is known as "The Triumphal Entry" into Jerusalem.

And while this event did not change what was going to happen, it certainly shed amazing light on who Jesus was and what He had come to earth to do! Let's take our Bibles and we'll read from Luke's gospel, chapter 19:28-44. That will be our text. But first let me set the context for you...

Jesus had just reached out to Zacchaeus the chief tax collector. You might remember that Zacchaeus was the small man who had climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus. Unlike the wealthy man we talked about last week, who walked away from Jesus because of his great wealth, Zacchaeus made a decision to follow. Zacchaeus was not only willing to let go of his wealth, he was willing to give it away. Here's what Jesus said to him...

Luke 19:9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham.
10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”

So Jesus is trying to make it clear to the disciples why He had left heaven and come to earth. His heart desire and passion was to see the lost souls of this world find their way back to the God who had created them! Both Hebrew and Gentile! Jesus, told them a parable about the Kingdom of God and then continued his journey to Jerusalem. This is where we pick up the story in verse 28 of Luke's gospel. Jesus is about to teach the disciples through a living illustration. A story in the story!

Luke 19:28 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?’ tell him, ‘The Lord needs it.’ ”

Can you imagine what the disciples where thinking? “What did He just ask us to do? Did He just ask us to steal a donkey and it's colt?” We know from Matthew's gospel that Jesus told them to bring both. It may have been that He didn't want to stress the colt by separating it from it's mother.
Punishment in those days was swift and cruel for theft so Jesus tells them to just let the owners know "The Lord needs it!" According to Matthew's gospel, Jesus told them the owner would not object! Now there's a big message here!

Message #1
Trust and Obey

The disciples had to determine whether or not they would trust Jesus' words and obey Him or walk away from this whole following Jesus thing! There's a lot of folks who claim to love God, but they aren't willing to trust Him with their life! Folks, you can love God, but if you don’t trust Him, you will never be all God has created you to be! Never. And did you know this issue of trust is vital to every relationship in your life? You may love your spouse, but if you can't trust them, the relationship will never be what it should be!
The same with parents and children. No matter how much a parent loves a child, if they can't trust the child, the relationship is going to be strained, and visa versa. If a child can't trust his or her parent, then no matter how much they love them, the relationship will not be good! Well, back to our story, Jesus' illustration with many messages. What happens when the disciples start to untie the animals?

Luke 19:32 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.”

Mark's gospel tell us they people said, "Well, alrighty then!" Actually, it says, "they let them go!" Jesus may have prearranged this with the owner or he may have simply used supernatural power to make the folks agreeable. Can you imagine the conversation on the way back? "You know His miracles never cease to amaze me! He’s going to be a great king. He’s got connections all over the place." Obedience in your life will be just as amazing and the results will surprise you. Remember what I told you about the love and trust connection? Here's what God's Word says about it in 1 John 2:3-6...

1 John 2:3 We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands.
4 The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
5 But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him:
6 Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.

Trusting and obeying God's Word causes His love to be made complete in us. It helps us to become more like Jesus in every aspect of our lives. Do you Trust God? Do you Obey God? Now, let's see what the next message in Jesus' living illustration we call the Triumphal Entry…

Luke 19:35 They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it.

Message #2
True Leaders Serve!

Why did Jesus ride the colt of a donkey instead of a majestic horse?
Represented servant hood (It was a pack animal)
Represented the common man (Owned by the commoners)

So what was the problem? They expected a king with a white horse and an army in tow!! Theologian Frank Stagg put it this way...

“Jesus deliberately presented Himself as King, but not as a worldly political king. He employed no symbol of worldly power. He entered upon a lowly beast of burden, not upon a white horse, like a victorious militarist.”
Frank Stagg

In fact Jesus made no false representations. Listen to what He said about His role in while in this world...

Mark 10:45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

And did you know the Triumphal Entry of Jesus was prophesied hundreds of years before it ever happened. It's found in the Old Testament Book of Zechariah 9:9-11...

Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
10 I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the war-horses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.
11 As for you, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will free your prisoners from the waterless pit.

And when it says "because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will free your prisoners…" I believe this is a prophecy also pointing to Jesus. Here's why. Jesus was a servant leader! Gene Wilkes defines a servant leader as one who "gives up personal rights to find greatness in service to others!" And Jesus is on His way to Jerusalem to give up all of His personal rights to serve the needs of broken humanity! Listen to the very words of Jesus...

Matthew 26:28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Jesus has served you, are you willing to serve Him and those He's called you to serve?
Ok, I know these are not easy messages, but they are oh so important!!
Let's get to the next message in the illustration Jesus painted in this event.

Message #3
Motives Matter

Luke 19:36 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!”

Why would I say motives matter and then read these amazing Scriptures about people praising Jesus as He gets close to Jerusalem? "Pastor Larry are you being judgmental of these folks? You don't know their hearts!" No, I don't, but read closely...

"the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen!" Notice: "For all the miracles they had seen." Now it's not a bad thing to praise God for miracles! I do! But that should not be our only motivation! Mark's Gospel says they said Hosanna which means "Save us Lord!" Were they looking for a political savior? (Occupied by the Romans) Were they looking for a social savior? (On the bottom rung) Were they looking for an economic savior? (Impoverished)
Or were they looking for the Savior of their souls? The answer is so important. Why? Because a few days later another crowd would gather around Jesus, with no palm branches, and a different kind of shouting…"Crucify Him!" Had some of this crowd been in the earlier crowd? More than likely! You see, motives matter because if your heart's not pure and your praise is not motivated by genuine love for God, when it's no longer popular to follow God, you'll follow the crowd and as I said last week, the crowd can take you to some very dark places!

Jesus wanted His true disciples to later reflect back on this event so they would realize how important the heart is. He wanted them to remember the words He had spoken to woman at the well...

John 4:23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.
24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”

“Worship Him not for what you want Him to do for you, but for who He is and for what He has already done for you even if He never did one more thing for you ever!” What has He done for you already?

He has…
Created you
Loved you
Died for you
Offered forgiveness to you
Offered purpose in life to you
Offered eternal life to you

Message #4
Some will be Jealous of your relationship with God!

Luke 19:39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”

What was the problem? Jealousy! Jesus had challenged their motives and their hearts. He knew their hearts! Jesus had said this about the teachers of the law of his day...

Mark 12:38 As he taught, Jesus said, “Watch out for the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and be greeted in the marketplaces,

39 and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets.
40 They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. Such men will be punished most severely.”

Wow! "Pastor Larry, were all of the religious leaders of Jesus' day corrupt and wicked? No! Was there any hope for any of them? Yes! Listen to Paul's testimony years later...

Acts 17:2 As his custom was, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures,
3 explaining and proving that the Christ had to suffer and rise from the dead. “This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Christ, ’” he said.
4 Some of the Jews were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a large number of God-fearing Greeks and not a few prominent women.

So please know there is hope for anybody! Don't ever give up on any one. Sometimes you get to the place where you've done all you can do and you just have to put some folks in the hands of God and leave them there! Now Jesus knew it would do no good to argue with the ones He was talking to, so you've gotta love what He said to them in our text...

Luke 19:39 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.”

It's like our song this morning…Creation does cry out the praises of our God! The Psalmist said this in Psalm 98...

Psalm 98:7 Let the sea resound, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.
8 Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing together for joy;

But the Psalmist also said this in Psalm 109...

Psalm 109:30 With my mouth I will greatly extol the LORD; in the great throng I will praise him.
31 For he stands at the right hand of the needy one, to save his life from those who condemn him.

In other words, I don't want a rocks and mountains out doing me when it comes to praising my wonderful Savior, Lord, and best friend!!

Now there's one more message in this living illustration of Jesus' triumphal entry...

Message #5
Jesus' Motive was nothing but Pure Love!

The way Jesus illustrated this message tears (rips) me up and tears (cry) me up!
As Jesus is riding this colt, the crowd in tow, they top the hill and Jerusalem comes into view. When they do, the disciples break into praise, and Jesus breaks into tears!  

Luke 19:41 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.”

Remember I told you how the disciples were still holding out hope that Jesus would take charge and become a political savior and king, so they got excited. But Jesus knows what's coming. He will be rejected and crucified. But let me point this amazing thing out to you. You may have missed it. Jesus is not weeping because of His coming agony, His coming suffering, His coming humiliation! He's not even thinking about Himself, He's weeping for the misery that is coming to the people of Jerusalem. He's weeping because He could save them but they won't let Him! He's weeping because of the consequences their children will have to bear because of their arrogant rejection of His offer of grace, mercy and forgiveness. He's weeping because He truly loved them and wanted them to be free from their religious and worldly bondage!

Jesus had once said this in the temple...

Matthew 23:37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.

Jesus was a humble man! He did not come with an army to force people to accept His love! He came riding on the colt of a donkey, as a servant headed to an old rugged cross to pay for sins He did not commit! He came to provide for a way of salvation for all people all the while knowing many would reject Him. But He would make a way for all who would accept His offer. And what would that offer be? It's found in the Book of Hebrews...

Hebrews 8:10 This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.

But we must never forget this, He will be our God if and only if we will be His people! He still weeps for those who reject Him, but He will not violate the free will He placed within each of us when He gave us life!
Let's pray!