River City Church - Smyrna, GA

Jesus Revealed Pt. 5 — Palm Sunday

April 14, 2019

Sara looks at Jesus' entry into Jerusalem the week before His crucifixion as described in Luke's gospel. We see the people celebrating Jesus' arrival, and we see -- in Jesus' weeping -- that He knows the people have a different vision of what His arrival means. Even today, we have a vision of what following Jesus means or what Jesus should do. Are we willing to lay down our vision of His Kingdom? What things does Jesus have to tear down in us to bring peace? What stones need to be leveled to make Jesus the cornerstone? We must let His vision undo ours. The worship journey for this week: " 'If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace -- but now it is hidden from your eyes.' Choosing to see and live our shalom." Luke 19:28-44; Zechariah 9:9-10; Ephesians 2:12-22.

Sara shared a quote from Fleming Rutledge regarding Jesus weeping over Jerusalem in Luke 19: "Tears are eloquent. Tears speak. Judges look for tears when they are looking for a reason to give a lighter sentence. Jesus' tears encompass the entire human tragedy.... In tears of the one man Jesus, God's complete solidarity with human pain, yes, but also with human sin is shown. And yet, we do not know the time of our visitation. We don't want to make Easter easy."