The Triumphal Entry— Luke 19:28-40

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Sermon Summary - In Luke 19:28-40 Jesus and his disciples finally arrive in Jerusalem after a long journey. As he enters into the Holy City he is cheered and celebrated by the great crowds who are ready to crown him as their King. Yet Jesus makes it clear that he might not be the type of King they are expecting, he comes riding in on a young donkey— a picture of humility, a servant, Savior King.

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Memory Verse - As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, "Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” (Luke 19:37-38)

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read through Luke 19:28-40. We recommend using the questions from the DNA Meeting Guide to help guide your study and discussion of this text.
  2. Get to the Heart - What are your key takeaways from this text? How does it encourage or challenge you? Jesus makes three things clear in the scene— 1) He is in full control, 2) He is indeed the promised Messiah (Zec. 9:9), 3) He is coming as a humble, servant king. Why is it important that he make these things clear to the crowds as he enters into Jerusalem?
  3. Live the Way of Jesus - In what ways are you like the people in the crowds? What expectations do you have for Jesus? Are there any “strings attached” to your faith in him? What does it look like for you to trust him right now— trusting that he is in full control and working to redeem, even if it seems like he is not?