Triumphal Entry & Last SupperMatthew 21:1-11
; Matthew 26:17-35Mark 11:1-11
; Mark 14:12-31Luke 19:28-44
; Luke 22:7-38John 12
; John 13
; John 14
; John 15
; John 16
; John 17Go Deeper
Whereas Matthew, Mark and Luke take only a few verses to describe the events of the Last Supper, John takes several chapters to share everything Jesus wanted His disciples to know before He was handed over to be crucified. If you have time, read through this entire passage. But if you have only a few minutes, perhaps focus on chapter 15 and Jesus' powerful analogy of the vine and branches. The word "abide" features prominently in the opening verses. Click here
to look closer at what this important word means in Scripture.Reflect
What causes you sadness? Is it the closing of a favorite restaurant? Could it be the dip in your retirement account? Or is it something closer to God’s heart?
When Jesus approached Jerusalem, he stopped and looked over the city. What was his response? He wept.
Look at Luke 19:41-44
: “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 set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side 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.’”
What caused Jesus' sadness? His very creation rejected Him. The Creator and Sustainer was rejected by the very people He loved. Pastor and author Kevin Harney writes this, “God loves people with absolute desperation. If we have even a small fraction of God’s heart for people, tears will flow, compassion will grow, and hearts will break. We will never be the same.” (Kevin Harney, Organic Outreach for Ordinary People: Sharing the Good News Naturally
(Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2009), 27.)
God’s heart breaks for the lost so much so that He sent Jesus to rescue the world from their sins. He doesn’t need that relationship, but He desires it greatly.
What were people expecting Jesus to do when he arrived in Jerusalem? Look at Zechariah 9:9
and Luke 19:11
for the answer. How did their expectations differ from His own? Respond:
Who is one person in your life who is far from God that you want to share the gospel with?
What motivates you to reach out to this person?
How can you grow in your love for this person? We look forward to your comments and questions below!
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