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Readying the Way (Luke 19:28-44)

Luke 19:28–44 - 28 After He had said these things, He was going on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 When He approached Bethphage and Bethany, near the mount that is called Olivet, He sent two of the disciples, 30 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. 31 “If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of it.’ ” 32 So those who were sent went away and found it just as He had told them. 33 As they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34 They said, “The Lord has need of it.” 35 They brought it to Jesus, and they threw their coats on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36 As He was going, they were spreading their coats on the road. 37 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, 38 shouting: “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 Him, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” 40 But Jesus answered, “I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!” 41 When He approached Jerusalem, He saw the city and wept over it, 42 saying, “If you had known in this day, even you, the things which make for peace! But now they have been hidden from your eyes. 43 “For the days will come upon you when your enemies will throw up a barricade against you, and surround you and hem you in on every side, 44 and they will level you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.” What does today’s passage say? In today's passage, Jesus sends two disciples to bring a colt from a village ahead (vv. 28-34). They follow instructions, finding the colt as stated. When questioned, they respond “The Lord has need of it.” (v. 31). They return the colt to Jesus, spreading cloaks for Him to sit on as He enters Jerusalem (vv. 35-36). The crowd rejoices loudly, laying garments and palm branches, shouting “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!” (vv. 36-38). When Pharisees demand Jesus rebuke the disciples, He replies that if they remained silent, the stones would cry out at His coming (vv. 39-40). Jesus weeps over Jerusalem, grieving the coming judgment for rejecting God’s truth and opportunity for redemption in Jesus, their Messiah (vv. 41-44). Their destruction nears for not recognizing the salvation He offered. How can I apply Luke 19:28-44 to my life? As Jesus nears the climactic moment of His life, the cross looms heavy on the horizon. Yet He does not shrink back, instead proceeding intentionally towards His purpose with firm resolution. Consider the stamina and courage exhibited in His steps. Jesus sends His disciples ahead into Bethphage to bring a colt, fully expecting this unusual request will require some explanation. He has no guarantee all will go smoothly yet He moves forward in obedience entrusting outcomes to God. Upon His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, crowds erupt with praise, shouting “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!” Yet Jesus receives their adulation with weeping instead of vanity, fully aware of the impending rejection these singing voices will soon turn to yelling “Crucify Him!” He has set His face like flint towards God’s will, not swayed by shifting reactions around Him but anchored in eternal perspective. As we reflect on the commitment modeled in this passage, what examples does Jesus’ tenacity and steadfastness provide? What elements of His character should we seek to mirror in our own lives? Here are some basic principles from this passage that we should apply to our lives:

  1. Be Faithful in Every Way in Preparing the Way for the Lord (vv. 28-34): As Jesus sends his disciples to prepare for his entry into Jerusalem, we see the importance of making ready the way for the Lord in every detail. Respond in wholehearted obedience to positions of honor and service the Lord requests, whether or not you grasp the full purpose. What may seem like a small act of preparation to you can hold great significance in His glorious plan. Serve with passion and vigilance, knowing that your faithfulness paves the way for King Jesus' work. Ask God for discernment to see the eternal weight of "mundane" acts of kingdom service. Be ready to move when He says go. Trust that as you walk in bold obedience, He will use your surrendered steps to exalt the name of Jesus for generations to come. Be catalyzed by your role in His transcendent plan. No act of adoration or service offered to the Coming King is ever wasted. Do not discount any task as too trivial when it comes to preparing the way for the Lord. Make readiness to serve Him your ambition and focus (Matthew 26:6-13, John 14:1-3, Colossians 3:17).

Food for Thought: How has God used small acts of service to amplify the spread of the gospel? What step of obedience might He be calling you into today to ready the way for His work?

  1. Be Bold in Proclaiming the Coming of Jesus not Letting Anyone or Anything Deter You (vv. 35-40): Though the disciples faced uncertainty on the task Jesus gave, they followed through boldly despite potential objections. God may ask you to proclaim truth that seems unlikely or stirs questions. Don't let fear of man deter the call. Don't demand the comfort of full perspective when His command remains clear. Move forward in confident assurance that He sees beyond present understanding. Let faith in God's eventual vindication empower persistence, even when skeptics mock. Jesus rewarded the disciples' stepping out by providing just what was needed and orchestrating a powerful divine display through their obedience. As you herald the COMING KING unashamedly, trust God to equip and magnify impact beyond expected outcomes or visible results. Let bold allegiance silence competing voices of doubt and worry. Stand unwavering on His affirmations regardless of opposition or offense around you. Fix your gaze on pleasing God rather than appeasing people (Psalms 40:9-10, Acts 4:29, Acts 20:24).

Food for Thought: When has God asked you to proclaim truth boldly despite uncertainty about outcomes? What happened as you trusted Him with the results?

  1. Rejecting Jesus in this Life Will Lead to Ruin (vv. 41-44): Jesus grieved at the sight of Jerusalem, knowing the devastating judgment left for those who rejected His coming. The consequences of shutting out His mercy and lordship lead only to ruin, both now and eternally. Do not assume endless chances to acknowledge Him. Receive His correction and revealing light today, yielding to full surrender while opportunity remains. For once destruction comes, regrets and cries for mercy expire worthless, unable to reverse the unrelenting justice of God. Let awareness of coming wrath propel wholehearted repentance and intercession for regions still resisting His will. Choose life through surrender now, before the finality of judgment pronounces peril with none to deliver. Plead for mercy while He may still be found so destruction will pass over you rather than consume. Press in desperately to Jesus, recognizing that today is the day of salvation. Waste no breath assuming a later, more convenient season awaits (Proverbs 29:1, 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10, Hebrews 2:1-3).

Food for Thought: Are you putting off surrender to Jesus, assuming time remains? What steps can you take to yield areas of stubbornness or unbelief to Him today in light of coming judgment? This familiar passage should challenge every believer deeply. God calls us to ready the way for His glory right where He has placed us. There may be convictions He wants us to deal with or assumptions He needs to correct. We can wrongly be waving palm branches of praise on Sunday then yelling crucifixion by Monday, swayed by the crowd's tone instead of God's eternal truth. There may even be areas of our life that stand at risk of immeasurable loss if we do not surrender them to Christ even now. God wants us to live out the will of Christ in our life with tenacious resolve like our Savior. We cannot allow any competing affections to rival our loyalty to the King of Kings who endured the cross on our behalf. Prayer Dear Heavenly Father, I pray that You would search my heart and life for any area not postured in readiness to exalt and welcome You. Reveal assumptions or habits that resist full obedience. I confess seeking comfort of visible outcomes over walking by faith in Your commands alone. Forgive me for shouting Hosanna one day then blending with voices that oppose You when convenience calls. I want to greet You with awe and joy forever, not just a moment’s thrill. Empower me to proclaim Your coming and make way for Your glory with boldness and tenacity that shrugs off ridicule or resistance. I pray for discernment to steward with vigilance every assignment You entrust as vital preparation for the work of Your Kingdom regardless of human applause. I choose to fix my eyes on Jesus and follow His pattern of surrender to Your will above all else, no matter what others around me may say or do. I pray these things in the most precious name of Jesus, Amen.

Luke 19:40 - But Jesus answered, “I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!” With His Blessings, Pastor Corby

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