JESUS THE LORD OF THE CITY
Jesus The Lord Of The City
This week in the book of Luke we see Jesus enter the city of Jerusalem, "The City of David", the city he chose to die in and then rise from the dead. It's an important city, and cities throughout the Bible are important.
Jesus was from a tiny city called Nazareth, and it is a good piece of who He was here on earth.
What city would you say you're from? How would you say that city shaped you?
Let's read the text from Luke 19: 28-48:
28 And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, 30 saying, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this: ‘The Lord has need of it.’” 32 So those who were sent went away and found it just as he had told them. 33 And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34 And they said, “The Lord has need of it.” 35 And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. 36 And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. 37 As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that 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!” 39 And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” 40 He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”
41 And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, 42 saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. 43 For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side 44 and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”
45 And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold, 46 saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a den of robbers.”
47 And he was teaching daily in the temple. The chief priests and the scribes and the principal men of the people were seeking to destroy him, 48 but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people were hanging on his words. [Luke 19:28-48 ESV]
Was there anything about the passage that really intrigued you? Confused you? Challenged you?
Pastor Duane really wanted us to come away from the sermon on this passage realizing that we ought to "love the city." He had 3 big points:
The Story of the City
The Stones of the City
The Savior of the City
THE STORY OF THE CITY
One of the consistent focuses throughout the Bible is a focus on cities. From the very beginning when God tasked the first humans to create and populate a city, to the end as we look towards the city that is being prepared for believers.
What words would you use to describe how you feel about cities?
Why do you think cities are so emphasized throughout the Bible?
As believers we're citizens of God's coming city, though for now we're residents of our city here on earth. Duane pointed us to the words of the prophet Jeremiah who was speaking to the Israelites as they were int he exact same situation. He advised them to...
Jeremiah 29:5-7 - “Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.”
"seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile."
How can we seek the welfare of our city, San Diego?
How can we pray to the Lord on it's behalf?
THE STONES OF THE CITY
As Jesus enters the city, the people are hailing Him as King and praising Him. It makes the local religious leaders very uncomfortable and they ask Jesus to calm the people. Jesus responds by proclaiming that "if they were silent the stones would cry out" alluding to the judgement that would face the city that denied Him.
Why were the people so excited to have Jesus in the city?
Stones are a form of judgement throughout the Bible and they're also used throughout the Bible to build, including building cities. Duane pointed to 3 "stones" that a city rests upon: people, production, and praise.
The people gather together to make up cities, though in this broken world it's mostly to survive and stay safe from criminals and attacks from others. Production is a natural result of people getting together, though in this broken world it's often tainted by greed, ambition, pride, racism and classism. As the city lives together it will also praise together, in this broken world however most often the praise is not directed towards God, but towards some other created thing in the city.
What are some ways you've seen our city's stones (people, production, and praise) reflect this broken world?
THE SAVIOR OF THE CITY
As Jesus enters the city of Jerusalem He does some things that demonstrate that the city is His. He claims Lordship over the city that He is about to die for.
What were somethings from the passage we see Jesus do to claim Lordship over the city?
Though Jesus is Lord of the city, he doesn't go in there and overthrow the powers that be and set himself up as ruler of the city, instead he lays down His life for the city. He went to perform an act of love so great that it would change people so that they could better live and exist together, as we will eventually work together in the city he is preparing.
How does Jesus act of love change people and change how they treat others in the city?
What sort of work do you think you'll do in the future city?
Pray with our group that God would give us all a love for this city to match his great love for it. And thank Him for preparing a city even now for us to truly praise Him in, very soon.