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Holy Week Devotion 2019 – Day 1

Palm Sunday, April 14, 2019

Luke 19:28-44 (ESV)

The Triumphal Entry

28 And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, 30 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. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this: ‘The Lord has need of it.’” 32 So those who were sent went away and found it just as he had told them. 33 And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34 And they said, “The Lord has need of it.” 35 And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. 36 And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. 37 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, 38 saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39 And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” 40 He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”

Jesus Weeps over Jerusalem

41 And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, 42 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. 43 For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side 44 and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”

Reflection by Amy Inch, Women’s Mission House Supervisor  

“He’s coming in.  His glory’s coming in.  He’s riding on the praises of His people…” (Spontaneous song from “Awaken the Dawn” [prayer and worship event for America], Washington D.C., 2018)

            Heaven and Creation waited and prepared with excited anticipation for this moment, when Jesus would ride in as Heir Apparent, King of Israel, to the city of Jerusalem.  He had just spent three years among the people, revealing the Kingdom of Love — teaching them, encouraging them, healing them, and performing signs and wonders. He had stirred up their faith and their hope.  His love and presence were so all-encompassing and captivating.

            For those moments of Jesus riding into Jerusalem, it was as if the veil that separated heaven and fallen creation was gone, and heaven was there in all its joy and exuberance celebrating that the King had come, and He was beautiful and glorious!  Jesus was the rightful King of the people, and He had served them and had renewed their hope. He was the Worthy One. How could they not love Him?!  How could they not feel all the excitement and radiance of heaven?! The only thing there was to do was to honor Him and worship Him with all their might — with shouting, and dancing, and singing, and throwing their robes down at His feet in colorful display of His glory!

            All things were created by Him and for Him.  We were created to worship Him! All of Creation responds to Him and gives Him glory.  Jesus was surrounded by worship and song before He came to earth as a baby. He is surrounded by worship and song in heaven now and will be forever.  It was only natural for Jesus to be surrounded by worship and praise on His way to Jerusalem because He is the Great King, worthy of the honor that is due His name!

            He was not on His way to Jerusalem to take the city, to sit on the throne, and to rule and to reign.  He was on His way to lay down His life. He’s the kind of king who gives His life for those He serves and loves.  And He’s the kind of teacher who demonstrates what He teaches.  “Whoever loves his life will lose it, but whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life” (John 12:25).  And so the Worthy One laid His life down so that He, and all of us, could have what is incorruptible and eternal. Jesus’ incredible sacrifice led us into triumph!  How can we not worship Him with all our might? Hosanna! Glory in the Highest Heaven!

Reflection Questions

  1. What are some ways other people have sacrificed for you?
  2. What holds you back from fully devoting your life to God?
  3. How might your life change if it was fully surrendered to him?

Prayer Guide

  1. Thank God for the people he has put in your life who serve and love you.
  2. Ask God to help you know his love more fully this Easter.
  3. Pray that God would show you things in your life he wants you to surrender to him.

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