Luke 19:28-44 And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem...
think about it.
As Jesus heads for Jerusalem, what instructions does He give two disciples (19:30-31)? What happened when they obeyed (19:32-35)? What were Jesus' followers shouting as they drew near to Jerusalem (19:1-42)? What does He predict for Jerusalem's future (19:42-44)? What are the "mighty works" that you can praise Jesus for today?
As I read the account of Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the disciples and their actions and responses caught my attention. As the account goes, Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem for the Passover. As he arrives at the Mount of Olives he tells two of the disciples to go into the village of Bethany where they will find a colt. He instructs them to untie this colt and bring it to him, and if anyone asks what they're doing they are to tell them that "The Lord has need of it."
Now this strikes me as an odd request. When has it ever been the norm to just take someone else's possession (animal or whatever) "because the Lord needs it"? Yet, the disciples don't react, object or even question Jesus about the matter. They simply do what Jesus instructs them--and it all works out perfectly. Hmm...definitely something to think about.
So how do we get to the place where we respond like these two disciples--particularly when we don't fully understand what God has put before us? Tami W.
P.S. Our Back to the Bible tour group visited the Mount of Olives today. We started with a group photo and then walked a little ways down the hill where we stopped for some teaching from Dr. Kroll. The Mount of Olives provides quite a spectacular view of Jerusalem so I've posted a couple of pictures for you on our facebook page.
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