The Road to Resurrection Is a Road of Missed Opportunities
Luke 19:28–44 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.’ ” 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.” 35 They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. 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!” 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.” 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.” THE KING OF KINGS CAREFUL PREMEDITATION (VV. 29–34) 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. Jesus was undeniably revealing himself as the prophesied Messiah.
First, it identified him with kings in the royal line of David. Secondly, the use of a donkey speaks of Jesus’ character and attitude. “Gentle” the word in Hebrew means humble, being poor as to suffering. Philippians 2:5, 6 “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped”. He chose the donkey because it beautifully portrayed both his position as King and his character as suffering servant. Isaiah 53:3a He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. THE KING OF KINGS TRIUMPHAL ENTRY (VV. 35–40) Hallel Psalms (Psalms 113–118) were chanted at the end of the Passover Supper and at the Feast of Tabernacles. Psalm 118:26) “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD.” Luke 19:38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” Luke 2:14: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” It is only when men and women find peace with God that there is peace on earth. John 12:13 “They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, ‘Hosanna!’ ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ‘Blessed is the King of Israel!’ ” The palm branches represented their nationalistic desire to be delivered, “Hosanna” literally meant “Save” or “Save us” The donkey he rode prophesied of his position as King and his character as servant “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord,” recalled his messianic character. THE KING OF KINGS’ TEARS (VV. 41–44) Jesus wept grievously over Jerusalem! The Road to Resurrection is a road of missed opportunities.