AUDIO Triumph And Tragedy

By Rev Bill Woods

Who’d believe it had been 3 years since Jesus began His public ministry!

 – 3 years since John the Baptist had pointed Jesus out to the multitudes saying,Behold, the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world.”

Jesus’ fame had spread quickly.

    – People knew Him as a “great teacher,” the “miracle worker,” some even dared call Him the “Messiah.”

Huge crowds thronged Him everywhere He went to hear and see Him — to be fed and healed.

Not everyone held Him in such high esteem.

    – The Governing body of the Jews, the Sanhedrin, composed of Pharisees, Sadducees, and Scribes most of who hated Jesus. (70 men plus the High Priest = 71),

      – Their hatred grew in direct proportion of His fame.

      – They were jealous of Him.  He was drawing people away from them!

During the time of the Roman governors like Pontius Pilate, the Sanhedrin had jurisdiction only over the province of Judea.

The Sanhedrin had its own police force which could arrest people, as they did Christ in Gethsemane.

While the Sanhedrin heard both civil and criminal cases and could find a person guilty and impose the death sentence but couldn’t carry it out.  In New Testament times it didn’t have the authority to execute convicted criminals. – That power was reserved to the Romans, which explains why Jesus was crucified — a Roman punishment — rather than stoned, according to Mosaic law.

The Sanhedrin had to stop Him!  They had to convince the Roman Governor, Pilate to execute Him — He was destroying their Religious Empire!

    – They plotted His death — it couldn’t come too quickly!

On Palm Sunday, Jesus began His last week of public ministry.

    – His guarded secret that He was the Messiah was about to be revealed.

      – He’d cautioned His disciples after the Transfiguration to tell no one what they’d seen.

      – It was probably a miracle that Peter held it in and didn’t blab it!

Now it was time to proclaim who He was — He let the people proclaim Him King.

 – That day the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9 was being fulfilled. 

Zechariah 9:9 (NKJV)
9  “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.

  1. Jesus rode into Jerusalem as The King in triumph.


After eating breakfast with His friends, Jesus, and His disciples, left Bethany to go to Jerusalem.

    – The roads were crowded pilgrims were making their annual trek to the Passover.

      – Every Jew tried to go to Jerusalem for the Passover.

      – Jerusalem’s population swelled from 35,000 to 350,000 during that week.

Jesus prepared to ride into Jerusalem in the style of a king — Luke 19:29-34

And it came to pass, when He came near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mountain called Olivet, that He sent two of His disciples,
30  saying, “Go into the village opposite you, where as you enter you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Loose it and bring it here.
31  And if anyone asks you, ‘Why are you loosing it?’ thus you shall say to him, ‘Because the Lord has need of it.’ “
32  So those who were sent went their way and found it just as He had said to them.
33  But as they were loosing the colt, the owners of it said to them, “Why are you loosing the colt?”
34  And they said, “The Lord has need of him.”

    – A conqueror would ride into the city on a White Stallion flaunting his power and control.

      – A King, coming in peace, would come on a donkey.

Jesus sent 2 disciples to find a donkey to ride.

– Jesus was well known.

  – Everyone coming to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover knew about Him.

  – That day, the popular mood was favorable toward Him.

“The Lord needs it” was all the disciples had to say, and the owners gladly turned their little donkey over to them.

      – Here’s a lesson — we should make our possessions available to the Lord…….. Hang on loosely to all you have…..

Luke 19:35: Then they brought him (the donkey) to Jesus. And they threw their own clothes on the colt, and they set Jesus on him.

Jesus chose a time when all Israel would be gathered at Jerusalem to announce His true identity.   

    – Huge crowds could see Him, and understanding His proclamation was unmistakable.

– The people were ecstatic — They were sure their liberation was at hand.

As Jesus sat on the little donkey, the crowd went wild — their Messiah had finally arrived!

    – Kings rode donkeys………..

Describe the scene:

Psalm 24:7-10 (NKJV)
7  Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in.
8  Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, The LORD mighty in battle.
9  Lift up your heads, O you gates! Lift up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in.
10  Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah

Caught up in the emotion, people spread their garments along the path; others placed palm branches in the path.

Luke 19:36-38: 
36  And as He went, many spread their clothes on the road.
37  Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen,
38  saying: “‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the LORD!’ Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

Soon they reached the summit of the Mount of Olives (describe Jerusalem)

The Pharisees complained to Jesus that the crowd was breaking a noise ordinance.                                   

 Luke 19:39-40

39  And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, “Teacher, rebuke

Your disciples.”

 40 But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”

The little donkey jogged on toward the Kidron Valley.

    – The crowd grew larger — so did the excitement.

      – The whole valley echoed with cries of “HOSANNA!”

The excited crowd got so noisy the Pharisees again demanded Jesus quiet them.

    – Jesus said if the people held their voices the stones would cry out — lots of rocks!

The Pharisees concluded —

John 12:19–The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, “You see that you are accomplishing nothing. Look, the world has gone after Him!”

  • It must’ve seemed that way that day!

This was the King’s Triumphal entry into Jerusalem — nearly everyone was shouting, “Hosanna.”

    – Nearly everyone was happy — in a holiday mood!

      – Everyone, that is, except the grumpy Pharisees, and — JESUS?

2.  TRAGEDYLuke 19:41-44
41  Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it,
42  saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.
43  For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side,
44  and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”

Right in the midst of all the celebrating and hilarious shouting, Jesus began weeping.

    – The wild demonstration of affection by the fickle multitude caused Jesus to weep!

Listen as His heart breaks for His people — Matthew 23:37
37  “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!

    – Here’s the agony of the Savior over a lost city.

His Phrase, “how often,” sums up the tenderest love story ever told.

    – Describe how God had tried to love Israel………

Now their days of grace were over — they still refused God’s Love.

    – Jesus sobs, “I wanted to gather you together and you wouldn’t let me!”- He knew the consequences they would face for rejecting Him.

What Jesus said to Israel that first Palm Sunday, He’s saying to us today………

    – How often He’d bless us, but we refuse………… He knows the consequences people face today  for rejecting God’s Plan of Salvation — Eternity in Hell…………….

      – He won’t send you there for rejecting Him, but He will let  you go there if you choose!……

God loves us so much, but we’re obstinate and rebellious and we won’t respond……

Israel lost Her Great Opportunity — Luke 19:42
42  saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.  

    – The opportunity was offered, refused and lost forever…(God’s Mercy will one day run out)

Israel had her times of visitation.

    – God sent Moses and the prophets — David stretched the Kingdom from Dan to Beersheba — again, when they returned from Babylon to rebuild the City, the Walls, and the Temple —

    — Now, they were rejecting Jesus, their Messiah.

They’d killed the prophets and stoned those sent to deliver them — soon they’d crucify God’s Son, Himself!


Jesus wept for what Israel might’ve been if she’d only obeyed God.

    – Israel missed her chance!

This sad story still happens in too many lives.

    – God has a purpose for your life — He wants the best for you!

Jesus came as King, but the people misunderstood His Kingdom.

    – They thought in terms of an earthly kingdom that would eventually pass away.


Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was coming as King over sickness and disease.

    – Lame man, blind man, etc.

Jesus Christ was coming as King over demons and darkness.

    – Legion in tombs — boy possessed by demon — Mary Magdalene.

      – Our demonic problems are just beginning and will get worse — we need Jesus!

Jesus was coming as King victorious over discouragement and defeat — Nicodemus.

Jesus was coming as conquering King over pain and broken-heartedness.

    – Mary and Martha at Lazarus’ tomb.

Jesus Christ, God’s Son, was coming as King over sin, death, and the grave.

    – Zacchaeus had been forgiven!

      – Widow from Nain’s son was restored to his mother.

        – Lazarus was Alive!.

Listen to what Christ said was His purpose for coming — Luke 4:18-19
18  “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
19  To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.”

The people in Jerusalem didn’t understand — before that week was over they even thought Christ’s Kingdom was destroyed.

    – Jesus had to die on the Cross in order to establish His Spiritual Kingdom for all time and Eternity —

Isaiah 53:5-6
5  But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.
6  All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

Satan thought he’d won a victory over God — he’d soon know he’d suffered the worst defeat he could experience — “Satan often shoots himself in the foot!”.

    – He’s now a defeated enemy forever………….

Jesus had to go to prepare a place for us who love Him.

    – He’s promised He’ll come again to get us……….John 14:2-6  
2  In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
4  And where I go you know, and the way you know.”
5  Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”
6  Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Sunday, we’ll celebrate His first coming as King to Jerusalem.

    – Soon we’ll meet Him in the air — Rapture.

      – 7 years later we’ll see His 2nd Coming as KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS!

Then there’ll be no misunderstanding Who He really is!

Have you confessed Him as your Lord today?

    – YOU WILL ON THAT GREAT AND TERRIBLE DAY! —                                                 Philippians 2:10-11
10  that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,
11  and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

How terrifying it will be to stand before our ALMIGHTY GOD unprepared!………………….  You don’t have to be unprepared!  He’s provided a way for you!

The King came to Jerusalem the first time.



Author: Narrow Path Ministries

Non-denominational, Independent, Bible believing Church

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