Sermon Overview & Prayer: "Journey to Jerusalem"

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JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM – PRAYER POINTS
Brian Chesemore |  Luke 19:28-44  |  4.10. 22
These written prayers are intended to fuel your meditation on this passage and your enjoyment of God in prayer

And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, saying, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here. So those who were sent went away and found it just as he had told them. And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.” And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For the days will come upon you, when your enemies...will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”

Luke 19:28-30, 32, 35-40, 42-44

Heavenly Father, having just read the Book of Acts, we bow our hearts before these “concluding” events that brought those “beginning” events into being. Lord Jesus, we are humbled and struck by the reality that this was a journey on which you purposefully traveled for your entire life on earth – and you did so knowing the purpose and the suffering of this destination. Thank you, that because you took this journey, no other sacrifice and pilgrimage to Jerusalem would ever need to be taken again. Holy Spirit, thank you for further opening our eyes to the great love with which God loves us!

Lord, when we see the wickedness of a fallen world, or see the frailties and failures in our own lives, we can be tempted with doubt and unbelief about your sovereignty. So, as we read and see the fulfillment of prophetic pronouncements and specific promises, please deepen our faith in your faithfulness...faithfulness to fulfill your every purpose for this world, for your church, and for each of our lives.

And please help us to prepare for your return. Those attending your birth in Bethlehem, or your arrival in Jerusalem did not have the understanding and blessing that you have given us in the gospel on this side of Calvary. May our lives display the joy of your saving grace, the holiness of your transforming grace, and the hope of your imminent return!

Lord God, we see that those in Jerusalem, having suffered as they had, were longing for deliverance from a tyrannical kingdom and bondage. We also see that their hope was in a limited understanding of the long-awaited Messiah King and his kingdom. Our culture is now immersed in a hope and delusion that social structures and causes will bring longed-for peace. Embolden us with compassion and courage to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ as the only hope for peace – both within and without.  This Holy Week, help us to see and to seize opportunities to ask questions and provide answers about Christ dying on a cross, rising from the dead, ascending to heaven, and one day returning!

Lord Jesus, as we see you weep over Jerusalem, we see the depth of your grief and longing for the salvation of your people. We are humbled to consider that such was your longing for the salvation of our souls. We are humbled to consider that this journey had us in view. Thank you!

Holy Spirit, open our hearts to the Word this week as we read of the events that lead to Calvary. May we with awesome wonder meditate on our Father’s love, and ponder with worship the sacrifice of our Savior to display that love on a cruel cross...the glorious foundation of our faith!


OVERVIEW OF THE SERMON:
Having made his way to Jerusalem over the course of several chapters, Luke 19 portrays Jesus as finally entering the city. Jesus triumphantly rides into Jerusalem on a colt, at the palm-branched praise of thousands who have gathered for Passover. Having seen his miraculous works, the people of Jerusalem extol Christ for the peace he is to bring for his people. However, the bitterness of the Pharisees serves as evidence that not all in the city welcome Jesus’ arrival. Jesus weeps for Jerusalem, knowing that their verbal rejection of him will very shortly escalate to his crucifixion, for which God will judge the city with invasion and destruction.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. What two themes did Brian note in his outline of the passage? How can these seemingly opposite themes exist together in the same narrative?
  2. What is the significance of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a colt, and how does this relate to the other animal Jesus rides in Revelation 19?
  3. The Jerusalem crowd sings of peace in v. 38. What types of peace are brought about through Christ, and how is this accomplished?
  4. What does Jesus mean by “the very stones would cry out” (v. 40) if Jerusalem didn’t praise him? What does this teach us about how God relates to those that reject him?
  5. How should Jesus’ emotion towards those that rejected him in Jerusalem inform our emotional disposition towards those that reject the gospel?