Friday, July 12
When they approached Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples 2 and told them, “Go into the village ahead of you. As soon as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. 3 If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this? ’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here right away.’ ”
4 So they went and found a colt outside in the street, tied by a door. They untied it, 5 and some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt? ” 6 They answered them just as Jesus had said; so they let them go.
7 They brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes on it, and he sat on it. 8 Many people spread their clothes on the road, and others spread leafy branches cut from the fields. 9 Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted:
Blessed is he who comes
in the name of the Lord!
10 Blessed is the coming kingdom
of our father David!
'Hosanna' in the highest heaven!
11 He went into Jerusalem and into the temple. After looking around at everything, since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.
As Jesus approaches the final week of His life in this passage, we see Him arrive in Jerusalem to high praise. His miracles and His teaching had drawn great crowds and He was beloved. Since we’re only in chapter 11 of a 16-chapter book, we forget that the last 6 chapters of this book detail His final week. Think of the swing in popular opinion that took place from what you’ve read in this chapter to the events of the cross. It’s easy to see how divisive Jesus’s claims to be the Son of God really are.
Am I prone to swings in my view of Jesus as King one day and then to abandon Him just a few days later? How do I need to reset my view of Him today?
Father, I worship Jesus as the one who comes as the One True King.
Pick Four More Activities
Listen and Worship.
Pray a Psalm.
Read a Book.
Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
Memorize a Verse.
List Five Things You're Thankful For.