LUKE 23:3

Verse 3 “And Pilate asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answered him and said, Thou sayest it.”

Jesus plainly stated that He is King of the Jews.  He was King of the Jews when He was born, and He will ever be the King of the Jews. The Jewish nation has never yet accepted Him as their King, but they will one day gladly accept Him as their King.  This will happen when Jesus returns to Earth, defeats the Devil and the Antichrist, and goes into Jerusalem to be seated upon the throne of David. God will be victorious in this world at last!

LUKE 19:41-44

Verses 41-44 “41And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,
42Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.
43For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side,
44And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.”

Jesus wept over Jerusalem because so many of His people were lost in sin.  He wept because his people had let their opportunities to be right with God slip through their fingers.  And He wept because the future of Israel was one of judgment, violence, death and destruction.  His weeping was a human response and proved that he was fully human.  Jesus was filled with love and compassion for sinners.  He was not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  But the Jews were sinfully ignorant of their gospel opportunities.  Jesus predicted long ago that Israel would be surrounded, oppressed, and tormented by terrorists.  We see what is, no doubt, just the beginning of this today.

LUKE 19:37-40

Verses 37-40 “37And when he was come nigh, even now at 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 that they had seen;
38Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.
39And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.
40And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.”

The people were rejoicing that day because they believed that Jesus would immediately become king and would throw off the enslavement of Rome.  Of course, in just a few days they would discover that they had been wrong and that Jesus would be crucified. Eventually, they would again rejoice, knowing that Jesus was raised from the dead.  And when Jesus returns to earth again to establish His kingdom, when He rides into Jerusalem on a white charger, there will be everlasting rejoicing.

When critics objected to the rejoicing of the disciples, Jesus spoke a proverb, “If these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.”  He means that men should rejoice because of Him and they should praise Him.  It would be unthinkable for men to refuse to praise Him.  All of nature praises Him, as nature should.  The rocks, the rivers, and the reaches of space shout forth His glory.  So we praise Him for his loving kindness, His mercy, His power, and His grace.

Luke 19:28-36

Verses 28-36 “28And when he had thus spoken, he went before, ascending up to Jerusalem.
29And it came to pass, when he was come nigh to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount called the mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples,
30Saying, Go ye into the village over against you; in the which at your entering ye shall find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat: loose him, and bring him hither.
31And if any man ask you, Why do ye loose him? thus shall ye say unto him, Because the Lord hath need of him.
32And they that were sent went their way, and found even as he had said unto them.
33And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said unto them, Why loose ye the colt?
34And they said, The Lord hath need of him.
35And they brought him to Jesus: and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon.
36And as he went, they spread their clothes in the way.”

Jesus is determined to go to Jerusalem for it must be there that He will die for the sins of the world.  When He exercised His divine omniscience, He knew all that would happen at Jerusalem.  He knew where the colt would be tied, what the owner would say, and what the disciples must say to the owner of the animal.  He knew all of this because He knows the thoughts of all men.  There is not any creature that is not manifest in His eyes.  All things are naked and open unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to deal (Hebrews 4:13).

Jesus knew that this entry into Jerusalem was not a triumphal entry.  That is why He wanted to enter the city on a donkey, the lowliest of mounts.  It was in keeping with the tenor of His First Advent.  At His First Advent, Jesus was the Humble Servant, a Man of Sorrows, the Savior destined to die for sinners.  When Jesus returns at His Second Advent, He will come as the conquering King and mounted on a white steed, the mount of the victor (Rev 19:11).  That will be the true triumphal entry.

LUKE 13:31-35

Verses 31-35 “31The same day there came certain of the Pharisees, saying unto him, Get thee out, and depart hence: for Herod will kill thee.
32And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.
33Nevertheless I must walk to day, and to morrow, and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem.
34O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!
35Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.”

Apparently, Herod was tired of the attention that Jesus was getting and was ready to kill Him, as he had killed John the Baptist.  No doubt, Herod was caving in to pressure from the Pharisees on the matter.  Herod was a weak and evil man.  Jesus would not be intimidated because He knew that He had come into the world to die, and all of this was in the hands of God.  Jesus then says something about the city of Jerusalem, something that He said on more than one occasion (Matt 23:37-39).  He said, “How often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!”  “I would…but ye would not.”  These words teach us that Jesus wants to save sinners.  The problem is that sinners do not want to be saved.  God is always ready to receive sinners.  Jesus came to die on the cross to save sinners.  It is the sinners fault if he is unsaved.

 

LUKE 2:36-40

Verses 36-40 “36And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity;
37And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.
38And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.
39And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth.
40And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.”
Here is Anna, another Old Testament Saint, very old and a widow for eighty-four years after a seven year marriage. Given these facts, we conclude that Anna was well over one hundred years old. She is a woman of self denial and prayer who loved the house of God and served Him there day and night. And she is a prophetess, one to whom the Lord revealed important truth. God rewarded her by allowing her to see the Messiah in whom she had trusted. She then went out into Jerusalem to spread the good news to other believers who were also looking for the Messiah to come. Anna is one of the Bible’s holy women of God who set a good example in many ways. Joseph and Mary returned to Nazareth of Galilee, after the presentation of Jesus in the temple. Luke does not mention the visit of the wise men from the east or the flight of the holy family into Egypt. These omissions do not constitute a a contradiction with Matthew. Luke was simply not inspired to write of these two incidents.

The fact that Jesus grew physically and spiritually emphasizes the truth that He was both fully God and fully man. He had to be truly human in order to die for our sins; and He had to be truly God in order for His death to have infinite value to save a world of sinners. As a human He had to be cared for as a baby, just as all other babies must be cared for, being fed, clothed, bathed, and cuddled. As a young child He had to learn things that all other children learned, things like carpentry, mathematics, and manners. But He was filled with wisdom, the grace of God was upon Him, and His development was guided by the Spirit. As a full grown man He became tired, hungry, sad, happy, disappointed, and lonely just as do other men. At the same time as the perfect God, He did miracles, forgave sins, raised the dead, accepted worship, and arose from the dead.

 

LUKE 2:3-4

Verses 3-4 “3And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David.)”

The whole world was to be taxed. By “whole world” (v.1) is meant all of the countries and districts of the Roman Empire. Joseph’s ancestral town was Bethlehem, a small agricultural village about six miles from Jerusalem. The trip from Nazareth to Bethlehem was about eighty-five miles distance. We do not know what means of conveyance was employed to transport Mary to Bethlehem. Often it is assumed that Mary rode on a donkey, but that is being read into the Bible account since the Bible does not tell us that detail. She may have ridden in a cart pulled by a donkey, or in a wagon pulled by a horse. Or, as many have suspected, she may have ridden on a donkey. The important thing is that they did arrive at Bethlehem, because it was prophesied that the Christ would be born there (Micah 5:2). We see the providence of God in bringing Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem; for it is He who arranged the time of the birth, the taxing, and even the mode of transportation.

MARK 11:1-11

Verses 1-11 “1And when they came nigh to Jerusalem, unto Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount of Olives, he sendeth forth two of his disciples,
2And saith unto them, Go your way into the village over against you: and as soon as ye be entered into it, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon never man sat; loose him, and bring him.
3And if any man say unto you, Why do ye this? say ye that the Lord hath need of him; and straightway he will send him hither.
4And they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door without in a place where two ways met; and they loose him.
5And certain of them that stood there said unto them, What do ye, loosing the colt?
6And they said unto them even as Jesus had commanded: and they let them go.
7And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him.
8And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off the trees, and strawed them in the way.
9And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord:
10Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.
11And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when he had looked round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come, he went out unto Bethany with the twelve.”

Obviously, some of those who welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem expected Him to occupy the throne of David immediately (v. 10), establish a Jewish kingdom, and throw off the domineering power of Rome. This, of course, was not the plan of God for the First Advent of Jesus. However, that Jewish kingdom, with Jesus seated on David’s throne, will become a reality at the Second Advent when Jesus rides into Jerusalem through the Eastern Gate, riding on a white charger. The white horse is the mount of a victor.

MATTHEW 24:14-22

Verses 14-22 “14And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
15When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand.)
16Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
17Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
18Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
19And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
20But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
21For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
22And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.”The Olivet Discourse does not tell us about the Rapture. The Rapture is not specifically mentioned in chapters 24 or 25. It is the Revelation of Christ which is dealt with here. Some of the events preceding the Revelation of Christ are (1) a worldwide preaching of the gospel, with millions and millions of people converted to the Lord. (2) The abomination of desolation will occur when the Anti-christ will profane the temple at Jerusalem, as prophesied in II Thess.2:4. And (3) there will be the flight of the Jews who are resident in Palestine when the whole world, under Anti-christ’s leadership, will come against Israel militarily. These events will all take place during the Tribulation and before the Revelation of Jesus in this world.

Nothing must take place before the Rapture occurs. Jesus could come at any time. His coming for His Church is imminent. Jesus said, “I will come again” (John 14:3).

MATTHEW 24:1-2

Verses 1-2 “1And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.
2And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”

Matthew, chapters 24 and 25 are known as the Olivet Discourse. It is a major apocalyptic prophetic passage. Here Jesus prophesied that the temple would be destroyed. This prophecy was fulfilled in 70AD when the Romans came and sacked Jerusalem. This fulfillment illustrates that all that Jesus and the Bible prophesied will come to pass without exception.