Bringer of Peace — Palm Sunday

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The week that began with Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and ended with the Cross and Resurrection was the focal point of all of God’s work in salvation. The threads that run through history are woven through Holy Week, extending not only backwards but also forward to our own time. Pastor Luke preaches from Luke 19:28–40 in “Bringer of Peace.”

Talk It Over

OPEN. What is the closest you’ve ever come to meeting a major celebrity or political or business leader?

UNPACK. Read Luke 19: 28-40.

2. Read Psalm 118: 26. What, according to Luke 19: 38, did the crowd add to the language of the Psalm? Read Zechariah 9: 9-10. How does this explain what the crowd added to Psalm 118?

Although it is not part of the Hebrew Scriptures, 1st century Jews would have known a book called 1 Maccabees. It describes an event almost two centuries earlier, when “the Jews entered [Jerusalem] with praise and palm branches, and with harps and cymbals and stringed instruments, and with hymns and songs, because a great enemy had been crushed and removed from Israel.” (13:51; also 2 Maccabees 10: 1-7.)

3. What would the palm branches have signified to people in the crowd when Jesus rode into Jerusalem? What would they conclude about Jesus? (You could also consider Luke 19: 35 in light of 2 Kings 9: 11-13.)

4. Later that week, Pilate offered to free Jesus (Mark 15: 8-14). How did the crowd react? Why did they react that way?

5. Read Joshua 24: 26-27. When Jesus’ critics told him to silence his disciples, why did he refer to the stones?

6. Read Genesis 4: 10. If the crowd was silent and the stones cried out, who would have heard it?

APPLY. 7. How would you have reacted on Sunday? On Friday, would you have been (a) disappointed, (b) angry, (c) hiding? (Consider Luke 24: 21 and Acts 1: 6.)

8. Is there anything that God needs (food, shelter, etc.)? What did Jesus mean in Luke 19: 31? What does he need from you? Why?

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