The coming of Jesus into Jerusalem marked the beginning of the end. A trial and crucifixion lay ahead. Then came the Resurrection and birth of the Church.
The Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem: vv. 28-29
After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them,
1. The colt . vv. 30-35
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. 31If anyone asks you, Why are you untying it? tell him, The Lord needs it.
32Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. 33As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, >Why are you untying the colt?
34They replied, >The Lord needs it.
35They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it.
2. The crowd . v. 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:
3. The children . v. 38
Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!
The Reaction of the People and the Response of Jesus: vv. 39-44
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, Teacher, rebuke your disciples!
40“> tell you, he replied, if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.
41As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42and said, If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peaceCbut now it is hidden from your eyes. 43The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. 44They 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.
1. They received Jesus with great joy . Matthew 21:9-10
The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, Hosanna to the Son of David!= >Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!
10When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, Who is this?
2. Jesus responded with great sorrow . v. 41
He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God (John 1:11-12).
The Pathway of Palm Sunday Was the Way of the Cross: Luke 20:17-18
Jesus looked directly at them and asked, Then what is the meaning of that which is written: AThe stone the builders rejected has become the capstone? 18Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, but he on whom it falls will be crushed.
1. The cheers turned into jeers . Luke 20:19
The teachers of the law and the chief priests looked for a way to arrest him immediately, because they knew he had spoken this parable against them. But they were afraid of the people.
2. The phrase crown Him became crucify Him. Luke 23:20-21
Wanting to release Jesus, Pilate appealed to them again. 21But they kept shouting, Crucify him! Crucify him!
May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world (Galatians 6:14).