Did you ever take a trip, but you didn’t really have a destination in mind? You didn’t know where you were going or what you were doing once you got there.We have been on a journey with Jesus over these last few weeks, ever since the end of Luke 9, where the good doctor Luke writes that, “Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.” Jesus knew where He was going and why He was going there, and ever since then Jesus has been moving with purpose and direction toward Jerusalem and the eternal purpose that sent him to Earth as a man.
This week, we finally reach our destination.For ten chapters, Jesus has been on his way to Jerusalem, but in Luke 19:28-44, he finally arrives. This is the story that we know as the triumphal entry. And on the surface, it seems exactly that. Jesus rides into the city with jubilant crowds cheering his arrival. They sing his praises. They invoke Old Testament prophesies of the coming Christ. There is an outpouring of patriotic Jewish fervor. The crowd seems to finally get it. They recognize who Jesus is. And yet, anything more than a cursory reading of the text, shows that there is more going on here than meets the eye.
Everyone has their own destination in mind for Jesus. They have their own plans and purposes for Jesus. They are not following Him on His journey, but they want him to fulfill their journey, or at least get out of their way. For some, Jesus is the way. For others, Jesus was merely on the way, but for still others, Jesus was in the way. Which are you?
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