Luke 19:28-44

Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King

28 After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, 30 “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’”

32 Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. 33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?”

34 They replied, “The Lord needs it.”

35 They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36 As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.

37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:

38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”b]

“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”

40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42 and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. 43 The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. 44 They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”


1.  Give some thought to this, do you agree or disagree with the following statement: The worship the crowds gave Jesus was rooted in their misunderstanding of what kind of King he really was. You can discern this by the way they turned against him later in the week. Their rejection of him was rooted in their misunderstanding of him (unmet expectations). In what ways do you misunderstand Jesus (or he “fails” to meet your expectations) and therefore are either disappointed in him or you reject him in certain area(s)?
2.  Jesus wept for the people of God, that they could not find the “way of peace” (v. 42) and they rejected the opportunity offered by God (v. 44). The people who rejected it would be akin to faithful church goers today. Are you seeking peace somewhere other than Jesus?
Ask God to show you where you either misunderstand Him or seek peace other than in Him.