The Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem (Part 2)

Father and SonMy dad with his dad while in a revival meeting in Idaho.

….. Luke 19: 37, 38 shows the celebration picking up momentum. “And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;

“Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.”

From the crest of the Mount of Olives, the Holy City suddenly comes into view, spreading across the valley below. It was a breath-taking sight. A swelling crowd proclaimed Christ’s royalty with shouts of praise which echoed the angels’ song at Bethlehem — “peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.”  It summoned, as it were, Jerusalem to welcome its King.

But in the background was heard the murmur of hostile spies; “rebuke thy disciples,” was the command. But Jesus said to them , if these should hold their peace, this event is so important, that God would give a voice to the stones so that the advent of the Messiah might be duly celebrated.

They were doubtless afraid of the reaction of the Romans to this loud outburst of praise for Jesus, but really their fear and murmuring was due to their rejection of Jesus as the Messiah. Reject Jesus and you will soon become critical of Jesus.

It was known that the claims of Jesus were utterly disowned by all the prominent churchmen and that the religious authorities had publicly proclaimed Him a deceiver and a dangerous person. They had already given orders that He should be arrested……..(to be continued)

— 2nd part of sermon by Ralph G Finch, Jr

 

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