1. Jerusalem, your King is coming. Is your heart ready?
a. The King knows what is ahead. (Luke 19:32-34)
b. The King is humble. (Luke 19:35-36; Zechariah 9:9)
c. The King is the Savior, bringing peace to Israel. (Luke 19:37-40)
d. The King is compassionate. (Luke 19:41-44)
2. World, your King is coming. Is your heart ready?
3. ______________, your King is coming. Is your heart ready?
a. The King knows what is ahead and his plans cannot be stopped. Fix your heart on trusting him.
b. The humble King came not to be served but to serve and give his life as a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28). Adopt his heart and mission in the world.
c. The Savior King is bringing peace to the world (Zechariah 9:10). Share his peace from your heart with others as you wait for his return.
d. The compassionate King offers grace and mercy—a second chance. Give your heart to him.
Follow-up Questions from Sunday:
Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything you heard for the first time or that caught your attention, challenged, or confused you?
1. In Luke 19:28-44, Jesus reveals four aspects of the Messianic King. How are each of these a contrast with today’s rulers? What can you discern about the kind of kingdom God has planned after Jesus’ return?
2. In Luke 19:39-40, some of the Pharisees tell Jesus to stop His followers from reciting Psalm 118:26. This reaction, also, was prophesied. Read Psalm 118:22-23. Compare this to Luke 20:16-18. Think of our world today and discuss the reasons why people reject Jesus as Savior and Lord. Why don’t people want what He offered?
3. In Luke 19:40, Jesus claims that if His disciples didn’t cry out, the stones would have. While the world didn’t recognize Him, the creation obeyed His command. Read Matt 8:23-27. What does this tell us about Jesus? What does this reveal about the hardness of human hearts?
4. Israel rejected Jesus and, as a result, are blinded to this day (Luke 19:42), but Ezekiel prophesied that a day would come when God would give His people a new heart. Read Ezekiel 11:16-20. This prophesy had a partial fulfillment in the time of Nehemiah, but its ultimate fulfillment will occur when Jesus comes back and Israel is restored. The people of Israel will be given an “undivided heart” and a “heart of flesh,” God promised (11:19). What might an undivided heart and a “heart of flesh” look like in our lives, today, as we wait for the King to return?
5. The King ascended into heaven (Acts 1:9), but His people remain to carry out His work. Read Hebrews 12:1-3. The author says we should follow the examples (“witnesses”) of chapter 11 and keep our eyes fixed on Jesus so that we don’t lose heart as we await His return. What are some of the challenges in living as a follower of Jesus in today’s world? How does focusing on Jesus’ example (and those of other faithful believers) encourage us?
Taking it Home:
Read the daily devotionals of the last week of Christ that W.C.C. puts out. (Pick up a copy in the lobby)