This is an on-going series that provide an “overflow” of information or application from my weekly preaching. A preacher cannot, nor should not, get everything into a sermon. These will be posts that give some direction and resources related to the sermon that will help people better understand and apply the passage.
The glory of Christ’s kingship is most fully seen after his death and resurrection. Yet, all throughout the Gospel of Luke we’ve seen glimpses. And here is no different. In fact, though, they do not completely understand the implications of that they’re saying, the people nonetheless rightly apply Psalm 118 to Jesus’ arrival when they declare: “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” (19:38). Jesus is the king. And as king, we see here his humble authority. At the same time we see his hostile adversaries as the Pharisees criticize the honored arrival the disciples and travelers give Jesus. Despite the opposite, Jesus still cleanses the temple in holy action against the spiritual hypocrisy that’s seen there.
This week, the sermon will be uploaded and available for you to download or listen to the sermon here.
This passage marks the beginning of Holy Week–the last week of Jesus’ life. For more information on this, check out
- Justin Taylor’s blog posts, outlining the events of Jesus’ life.
- A fuller account can be found in his book, co-authored with Andreas Kostenbger, The Final Days of Jesus.
- You can also check out this infographic, tracing the geography of Jesus’ travels throughout that week.
The events of Luke 19:28-48 come in the midst of Israel’s Passover celebration. John R. Sittema gives a good (short) explanation of Christ’s fulfillment of the Passover Feast.