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The King Rides on to Die

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Introduction

This morning, as we continue the exposition of the Gospel of Luke, Jesus is ready to make a definitive step toward the end for which he was incarnated. He will come as the Lord’s Messiah into the Holy City and the Father’s plan will be completely fulfilled.
Luke 19:28–40 ESV
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.”
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Onward to the Holy City

And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem - After he taught the parable about the delay of his Second Coming and how to rightly obey the true King, he turns back toward Jerusalem. Luke records that Jesus was leading the way. He was going ahead of his disciples. He was in front of the group travelling with him.
Remember, Jesus knew what was waiting for him at the end of this trip to Jerusalem.

The fuller story is that on Friday Jesus went from Jericho to Bethany, rested there over the Sabbath, was given a banquet by his Bethany friends on Saturday evening when the Sabbath had ended at sunset, and made his entry into Jerusalem on Sunday.

Luke 9:21–22 ESV
And he strictly charged and commanded them to tell this to no one, saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.”
Luke 9:43–45 ESV
And all were astonished at the majesty of God. But while they were all marveling at everything he was doing, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let these words sink into your ears: The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men.” But they did not understand this saying, and it was concealed from them, so that they might not perceive it. And they were afraid to ask him about this saying.
Luke 9:43-
Luke 18:31–34 ESV
And taking the twelve, he said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. For he will be delivered over to the Gentiles and will be mocked and shamefully treated and spit upon. And after flogging him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise.” But they understood none of these things. This saying was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what was said.

Organizing the Means

When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany - Mark and Luke mentions Bethphage and Bethany together which probably means that they were near to one another. There is not certainty as to where Bethphage was though many scholars believe it was at the crest of the Mount of Olives. Bethany corresponds to the modern village of el-Azariyeh, which is Arabic for Lazarus. Bethany is about 2 miles from the Holy City. Both places were on the upper eastern slope of the mountain.
At the mount that is called Olivet - This small mountain to the east of Jerusalem. The mountain is 2,660 feet above sea level. In order to get to Jerusalem, one would travel westward down the mountain, through the Kidron Valley, and to the temple area at the eastern gate, which later called the Golden Gate. In the First Century, the mountain slopes facing Jerusalem were cultivated. One small grove of olive trees which was called Gethsemane was often visited by Jesus and his disciples.
R.C.H. Lenski writes:

The fuller story is that on Friday Jesus went from Jericho to Bethany, rested there over the Sabbath, was given a banquet by his Bethany friends on Saturday evening when the Sabbath had ended at sunset, and made his entry into Jerusalem on Sunday.

He sent two of his disciples - we do not know which two of his followers were given this task by Jesus. They are unnamed in all three Synoptic Gospels.
He sent two of his disciples - we do not know which two of his followers were given this task by Jesus. They are unnamed in all three Synoptic Gospels.
Saying, “Go into the village in front of you - Some assume the city was Bethphage, but it is not certain. Jesus is sending them to accomplish a specific task by way of command. This is no mere suggestion.
Where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here - Here, Jesus tells them what they will discover when they arrive in the village. They will find a common burden bearing animal. The word for colt can refer to either a small donkey or a small horse, but in this case we understand this to be a young donkey. The donkey is young enough that nobody has ridden upon it before. They are to find this animal and unloose it and deliver to Jesus.
If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this: ‘The Lord has need of it.’” - In short, Jesus is telling them that if the owners ask why they are taking one of their young donkeys they are to respond by letting the questioner know that the Master requires it.

Omniscience on Display

So those who were sent went away - The two disciples did as Jesus commanded them and travelled into the village to get the foal.
So those who were sent went away - The two disciples did as Jesus commanded them and travelled into the village to get the foal.
And found it just as he hold told them - When they arrive in the village, they saw the young donkey exactly as Jesus said it would be and they continued to obey him.
just as he hold 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.” - Now, we find that Jesus had fully prepared them for an encounter with the owner. What owner of a foal would allow someone to take their property without asking what was going on? Therefore, the owners see the two disciples and ask them what they are doing. In response, the disciples tell them that the foal is for the Lord. They spoke as they were commanded to speak.
Before we move on to the next portion of the text, we should marvel at Jesus’ supernatural knowledge of these details. He told them their would be a foal, there was. He told the what to say of the owners ask about it, the owners did. They told the owners and the owners agreed to allow the Lord to use their foal.
Why would these owners allow someone they didn’t know to use their foal? The Lord had need of it would be understood as the Messiah from the God. The one who has healed hundreds, raised the dead (even Lazarus nearby), who has taught with authority about the coming of the kingdom needs to use your foal. In response, the owners fully agreed.
And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. - The final aspect of the command was to bring the foal to Jesus. When they arrive back to him, some of them make a robe-based saddle on which Jesus to sit. Lastly in this verse, they assisted Jesus in getting situated on the donkey.
Jesus’ choice of animal and the actions of the people will fulfill the prophecy from Zechariah, which was written 500 years before this day.
Zechariah 9:9 ESV
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Practical Application

Seems the sorrow untold, as you look down the road At the clamoring crowd drawing near Feel the heat of the day, as you look down the way Hear the shouts of Hosanna the King Chorus Oh, daughter of Zion your time's drawing near Don't forsake Him, oh don't pass it by On the foal of a donkey as the prophets had said Passing by you, He rides on to die Come now little foal, though your not very old Come and bear your first burden bravely Walk so softly upon all the coats and the palms Bare the One on your back oh so gently Midst the shouting so loud and the joy of the crowd There is One who is riding in silence For He knows the ones here will be fleeing in fear When their shepherd is taken away Chorus Soon the thorn cursed ground will bring forth a crown And this Jesus will seem to be beaten But He'll conquer alone both the shroud and the stone And the prophesies will be completed Chorus On the foal of a donkey as the prophets had said Passing by you He rides on to die
We should marvel at our Messiah:
His omniscience
His humility
His obedience

he also shows the crowds what kind of Messiah he is, namely, not the earthly Messiah of Israel’s dreams, the One who wages war against an earthly oppressor, but the One who came to promote and establish “the things that make for peace” (Luke 19:42), lasting peace: reconciliation between God and man, and between a man and his fellow man. Accordingly, Jesus enters Jerusalem mounted on a colt, the foal of an ass, an animal associated not with the rigors of war but with the pursuits of peace, for he is the Prince of Peace (Isa. 9:6).

Seems the sorrow untold, as you look down the road At the clamoring crowd drawing near Feel the heat of the day, as you look down the way Hear the shouts of Hosanna the King Chorus Oh, daughter of Zion your time's drawing near Don't forsake Him, oh don't pass it by On the foal of a donkey as the prophets had said Passing by you, He rides on to die Come now little foal, though your not very old Come and bear your first burden bravely Walk so softly upon all the coats and the palms Bare the One on your back oh so gently Midst the shouting so loud and the joy of the crowd There is One who is riding in silence For He knows the ones here will be fleeing in fear When their shepherd is taken away Chorus Soon the thorn cursed ground will bring forth a crown And this Jesus will seem to be beaten But He'll conquer alone both the shroud and the stone And the prophesies will be completed Chorus On the foal of a donkey as the prophets had said Passing by you He rides on to die
Seems the sorrow untold, as you look down the road At the clamoring crowd drawing near Feel the heat of the day, as you look down the way Hear the shouts of Hosanna the King Chorus Oh, daughter of Zion your time's drawing near Don't forsake Him, oh don't pass it by On the foal of a donkey as the prophets had said Passing by you, He rides on to die Come now little foal, though your not very old Come and bear your first burden bravely Walk so softly upon all the coats and the palms Bare the One on your back oh so gently Midst the shouting so loud and the joy of the crowd There is One who is riding in silence For He knows the ones here will be fleeing in fear When their shepherd is taken away Chorus Soon the thorn cursed ground will bring forth a crown And this Jesus will seem to be beaten But He'll conquer alone both the shroud and the stone And the prophesies will be completed Chorus On the foal of a donkey as the prophets had said Passing by you He rides on to die
Chorus Oh, daughter of Zion your time's drawing near Don't forsake Him, oh don't pass it by On the foal of a donkey as the prophets had said Passing by you, He rides on to die Come now little foal, though your not very old Come and bear your first burden bravely Walk so softly upon all the coats and the palms Bare the One on your back oh so gently Midst the shouting so loud and the joy of the crowd There is One who is riding in silence For He knows the ones here will be fleeing in fear When their shepherd is taken away
Chorus Soon the thorn cursed ground will bring forth a crown And this Jesus will seem to be beaten But He'll conquer alone both the shroud and the stone And the prophesies will be completed
Chorus On the foal of a donkey as the prophets had said Passing by you He rides on to die
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