And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, 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. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this: ‘The Lord has need of it.’ ” So those who were sent went away and found it just as he had told them. And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” And they said, “The Lord has need of it.” And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. 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, saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.” Luke 19 28-40
It is amazing how quickly the crowd turned against Jesus. This past Sunday, Palm Sunday, we celebrated Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem that is described by Luke in today’s verses. I am always amazed by the amount of detail Luke puts into his Gospel. He describes how Jesus instructs two of His disciples where to find the colt and what to say to the owner. Then we are shown a picture of Jesus riding the colt down from the Mount of Olives into Jerusalem. The crown gathers for Passover shouts out praises to Jesus, They shout, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” Of course the Pharisees want Jesus to rebuke the crowd.
Why rebuke the crowd? Because the Pharisees knew that what the crowd was actually proclaiming was the entry of the long promised messiah. A king who would sit on the throne of David forever. Rather than rebuke the crowd Jesus tells the Pharisees “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.” Nothing was going to stop the proclamation that the King had arrived in Jerusalem.
But four days later all this would change. Rather than cry out the coming of a king the crown would cry out crucify him. It took less than a week for the city to turn against Jesus. As we will see even His most trusted disciples would turn away from Him.
Have a blessed day,