Summary: Let the triumphal entry teach us about what it means to have a "cup up" mentality about worship.
I trust you have been praying about where you can serve…where and how you can give [hold up the “I’m Ready to Give” worksheet]. Eric will be standing by the ‘Serve’ banner after our services, so feel free to stop by and get connected to one of our ministry teams where you can give willingly.
When we give, whether it’s of our time or treasure or talents, you know what we’re doing? Worshipping! That’s right – because worship is, at its core, giving to God because HE is worthy. It may mean our money, it may mean our time, it may mean our possessions, it may even mean our words and praises…but there is never a time in the Bible when worship occurred without giving involved.
In fact, Romans 12:1-2 teaches us this very principle: “Offer your bodies to God, for this is your reasonable act of worship.”
So as we approach this topic today, don’t disconnect from last week. These two topics are related. And it’s true even in our text today. I invite you to turn to Luke 19:28-44, would you, and let’s look at the only time that Jesus permitted a public demonstration of worship on his behalf – the triumphal entry!
With your Bible open, I want you to circle two words which are keys to understanding this passage: the word "comes" in Luke 19:37-38 (“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”) and the word "coming" in Luke 19:44 (“You did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”)
What these verses/words indicate is that when Jesus came, people responded in one of two ways: Either WORSHIP STARTED UP or WALLS WENT UP!
If you’re wondering what it means for worship to "start up," here’s what it meant for about 40 students at a Christian college in Indiana (Hyles Anderson). Yes, worship definitely started up one Saturday on their bus as they began to sway and sway to some songs they were singing. So much so that eventually the bus tipped over! That’s what the police found on I-94 – an accident from too much swaying! The interstate was closed, several kids were injured, and there were no doubt some modifications to the school’s travel guide! While you don’t want an accident, at least worship started up! (News You Can Use by Mikal Keefer)
For others, though, walls go up. That’s what happened with the religious leaders all through Luke – they continually said “no” to the coming of Jesus. In fact, that is what lays the background of this text – the rejection of the coming of Jesus! Yes, this entry comes on the heels of a bold judgment upon those who are the enemies of our Lord (19:11-27). And what is that judgment: to not take full advantage of the offer of God (his kingdom) is to invite judgment and destruction upon yourself. In saying this to the rulers and leaders of Israel, Jesus was making sure they knew that saying ‘no’ to his kingdom was equivalent to saying ‘no’ to God. He had come, and was about to go away (though they didn’t perceive this). Not recognizing him as from the Father had eternal implications. As T.W. Manson said, “The coming of Jesus to the world puts every man to the test and compels every man to a decision. And that decision is no light matter. It is a matter of life and death.” (Taken from Luke, by Leon Morris)