This message was part of the ‘For Such a Time as This’ series, preached at Christ Church Manchester’s church in Gorton in late 2017. The full series included the following sermons:
This sermon was based on Luke 19:28-40
The Triumphal Entry
28And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, 30saying, “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. 31If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this: ‘The Lord has need of it.'” 32So those who were sent went away and found it just as he had told them. 33And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34And they said, “The Lord has need of it.” 35And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. 36And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. 37As 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, 38saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” 40He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”
The Owners of the Colt and Donkey
- It seems strange in our culture to borrow an animal but this was an expected request if the owners believed the person to be a political or religious leader.
- The owners were obedient in giving the Lord their precious possessions.
- Their faith in the Lord was hot.
- A crowd can be fickle. Acts 14 describes another crowd that was going to sacrifice to Paul after a healing, but then they stoned him and dragged him out of the city.
- This crowd sang to Jesus. But in five days time many of these would be shouting ‘crucify Him’ in another crowd when asked by Pilate who they wanted released. We too can worship in great congregations and that is good but sooner or later our personal faith is tested.
- When we find ourselves in a hostile crowd, how do we respond?
- Their faith in the Lord was lukewarm.
The Religious Leaders
- The leaders had viewed Jesus’ ministry for years, and rejected Him.
- Jesus was opposite to the religious leaders, He was teaching humility and caring for the poor, which was opposite to their hearts. They did not wish to change their agenda. Have we decided who Jesus is, what is our answer to His call?
- Their faith in the Lord was cold.