This week’s Lord’s Day Preparation will be a little different. Instead of a Psalm and devotional thought, we are going to provide the portion of Luke’s Gospel which recounts Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem to begin Passion Week. I encourage you to meditate on this Scripture and to offer thanks to the Lord for the blessing of redemption.
Luke 19:28-44English Standard Version (ESV)
The Triumphal Entry
28 And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, 30 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. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this: ‘The Lord has need of it.’” 32 So those who were sent went away and found it just as he had told them. 33 And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34 And they said, “The Lord has need of it.” 35 And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. 36 And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. 37 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, 38 saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39 And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” 40 He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”
Let us pray:
Jesus, we have no words fitting to thank you for taking our punishment at Calvary. Your grace can’t be measured and we will, forever, marvel that you would come into your creation to redeem a people unto yourself. As we prepare to celebrate your death and resurrection, may we always remember that it is only by grace that we are allowed to enter into your kingdom and may we always be grateful. Amen