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What Happens the Next Time?

The Triumphant Entry, it was more than fulfillment of prophesy; it gives us a

glimpse into our lives here and now for: What if it happens again tomorrow?

Have you ever read the four Gospel accounts of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem?

Now we have all heard the main story which all the writers agree on. Some are more

descriptive than others but all have the same theme. We read in 3 of the 4 accounts

that Jesus sent the disciples ahead to untie and bring back a donkey colt. The owner

of the donkey lets it go without much question. As Jesus rides the donkey into

Jerusalem people wave palm branches and lay there coats on the road to glorify the

coming of the new king. In all the accounts the people shout “Hosanna, Blessed is He

who comes in the name of the Lord!” But then the Gospels begin to tell a different

story. Let’s look at them:

Matthew writes in verses 10,11

10  When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is


11  The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Think about our world today. When Jesus returns will everyone in town know

Him? There will be many that will see Him and be in awe of our Savior’s return, but

there will be many who won’t even know who Jesus is. They will ask “Who is this?”

They must be told by those that know before that day happens.

Next Mark in verse 11

11  Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts. He looked around at

everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.

Mark was much simpler in his account. I can see this very easily in our world.

There will be many that won’t even notice that Jesus returned. They will be so busy

with this world they will not care to come and see. What if Jesus leaves that town

without acknowledging them. What if it is too late? What happens then?

Now Luke verses 39,40

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.”

Even today we will have religious leaders that have made religion into their

own plan. They will be upset when the truth comes to reign. They will tell the true

believers to be quiet as they try to save the worldly kingdom they rule over. But as

Jesus tells them; there will be no way of keeping His coming quiet.

Next we see Luke describing Jesus’ thoughts and emotions verses 41-44

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.”

He saw the city and wept over it. Jesus was hurt. Look at today’s world, will

Jesus weep for us too? As we let the evil one blind us with his lies, building up walls

of hate and separation amongst us, destroying us with our own distrust. When all

along we knew the truth of Jesus Christ and His second coming but we DIDN’T


Lastly we read in John verse 16:

16  At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did

they realize that these things had been written about him and that these things had

been done to him.

Again that will happen here too. Some of the most trusted followers of Christ

will be taken off guard, even with great knowledge of the written word, they won’t

realize all the things happening right before their eyes.

Our Bible is amazing. The history has never been proven false and the

prophesies are happening all around us; for we are in the future of those writings.

The story of the triumphant entry should open our eyes to where we fit in the whole

picture, for it is obvious we all do. Read the word for yourself. Look to Jesus for

guidance. But most of all humble your hearts to change what the Spirit is asking you

to change. It will do no good to know but not to care.

Just My Thoughts

Pastor Scott

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