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Luke 19:28-40 - Sunday Scripture Reflection

Updated: Apr 11, 2022

This Sunday is Palm Sunday, and we read from the Gospel according to Luke. Of the familiar story of Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem and the Passion of his crucifixion, we will focus our study on Jesus' entry into Jerusalem. The story of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem is filled with excitement, joy, and the highest praises for Jesus. Although it might seem surprising that just a few days later the crowds are yelling, "crucify him, crucify him!" we will explore what was (and is) behind the change in the crowd's emotions - what type of king did the people expect, and what type of king was Jesus truly destined to be for the people? We will explore the worldly expectations of the crowds (and us) and reflect on how Jesus' ministry really challenges us in many ways.

Our Scripture passage is found in the Gospel according to Luke. You may find the Scripture lesson by selecting the following link: (Luke 19:28-40).

For continuing study, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below):

  • Read the Scripture lesson assigned for the week, and reflect on the following questions: why do you think people were celebrating Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, and who do you believe the people think Jesus really is? As the people cheer for Jesus, what are their exceptions of him as their “king”?

  • Read the “WHAT…” paragraph in the guide below. Reflect on the author’s final sentence, “…affirming peace in heaven should anticipate pouring out peace on earth;” and consider that the term “shalom” has a meaning of “peace” that implies “wholeness”…what might it mean to live in a world where there is “wholeness” for all people, and how would this reality challenge our earthly expectations of life and living standards?

  • Read the “WHERE…” paragraph below and reflect on the author’s challenging statement, “In the Gospels, Jesus stands in judgment of all our ideologies.” Realizing that nearly all people enjoy being in charge of how to live their lives, what uncomfortable new ways of “living” or “being” might be necessary in your life to live the radical life of Love that Jesus teaches?

  • Read the “SO WHAT…” paragraph below and reflect on the following questions: what conflicts and brokenness in the world require reconciliation today; and how does a king like Jesus accomplish this reconciliation?

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