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January 17, 2021 1:00 am

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January 17, 2021 1:00 am

What would happen if Jesus Christ showed up to your church? How would you respond? Stu & Robby explore this idea as they start in Luke 19: 39-48.

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This is good Truth Network what would happen if Jesus Christ showed up to your church. How do you respond how would you respond well this week were getting into it right here. Rob Gilmore is good to have you as our wonderful special guest contributor as we look at Luke 19, and the trial of your Christ is weeping over the city and his going in and cleansing the temple, all I hear Robbie and them and ask you if you just read the Scripture force will jump in these questions getting in some of the Pharisees called them from the crowd, teacher, rebuke your disciples, but he answered and said to them, I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out. Now as he drew near, he saw the city and wept over it, saying if you had known, even you, especially in your day. The things that make for your peace. But now they are hidden from your eyes for the days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side and level you and your children within you to the ground and they will not leave you one stone them up upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.

Then he went into the temple, and he began to drive out those who had bought and sold in it, saying to them, it is written, my house is a house of prayer that you have done, but you have made it a den of thieves and he was teaching daily in the temple but the chief priests describes the leaders of the people sought to destroy them and were unable to do anything for all the people were very attentive to herein so this is the winding down of the earthly ministry of Jesus. He's coming to the Holy See. This will be his last time coming. The holy city from the outside in. Next time he comes out of the holy city will be caring across to Golgotha, which will cover in these later chapters of Luke Robbie Lesko at least questions here to give us a context of what's happening to bring your own up to speed very were journeying through the book of Luke your own experience truth and were so glad you're with us as we look at the word of God and work through some these really really need passages discuss how how does the rejoicing of the crowd. Contrast with the weeping of Jesus. Ashley enters the city he's got a whole mess of people with and you know, multitudes it says you know hundreds, maybe thousands of people. It's the Passover feast of Jerusalem. This is the what Mavis called Palm Sunday because they're throwing palm leaves down big palm branches in his path. Many are throwing their coats, their clothing down for this donkey, the Prince of peace is coming into the city of peace Jerusalem on a beast of peace.

An unbroken colt that had never been written or broken before and he's coming to proclaim peace and so very excited. There yelling hosanna. Hence, the Pharisees are calling for rebuke are days that is that remarkable that they're not very happy with this this this this exuberance in his acceptance and so they're saying teacher because I was usually the whole the disciples to tell the teacher in other cases, but in this case a speak. Wreckage is a tell him rebuke his disciples but he says I tell you if these just keep silent, the stones would merely cry out and we spent some time last time on that big the inanimate objects of God's creation. The trees the birds the stones if if the inanimate objects. The ones he created to worship him.

The humans. Thus, you and me don't proclaim his grace. Do not sing hosanna then either oxidant a cryo- and this is not uncommon with Old Testament language of the prophecies of the messianic kingdom. So this is how he responds to these Pharisees and budgets contrasted is contrasted with with verse 41 suddenly you have this the of this excitement, but then you have as he drew near, he saw the city so he did three things here. He drew near keynote Jerusalem the holy city, the Temple Mount.

This grand center of theistic worship. The only the only monotheistic kingdom of the world. Jerusalem, the city of God is coming in, the more focus is he's drawing near to draws near. He sees it, and he wept over so why did Jesus weep. We speculated we can argue that he and he laughed and course. He says a lot of things because laughing.

We often say Robbie you know God's got a sense of humor will get you look at Jesus and his questions and his polemics in all it is angling for the Pharisees that disciples so there's certainly things that that we laugh at, but we do know that he wept. We do know that that Isaiah calls him a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And here he's looking over the holy city and it's interesting he tells us here a little bit about why he wept.

It says, he said. Verse 42 if you had known, even you, especially in this your day there. They just said hosanna blessed is he who comes in the name of Lord he says this your day.

What also Psalm 118, say, the crisis will build says this is the day that the Lord hath made that was a prophetic Psalm of this day right here.

We say that we quote that we sing that this is the day as we talked about last time were referring to a beautiful fulfillment of Jesus Christ is fulfilling his this is the day the Lord is made, the day the king comes to his city to bring peace.

The things that make for your peace but now they are hidden from your eyes.

Crisis weeping over there blindness. He's weeping over the fact that here he is the Lord of life, the Lord of glory the Lord who consists just transform the lover of their souls right there and there absolutely rejecting him as seen in the in the hardness and as we see the last verse, the Pharisees, trying to destroy him. Robbie asked this question which goes even more into this, how could they miss the Savior of the world in a right there in their midst. Why was know why has the city of peace been so full of conflict for so long it was just interesting.

It's almost as though you are world leaders. All the presents one of the all campaign on word and solve the crisis in the Middle East right is there ever to be peace Easter as though there is only one who could ever bring peace to the Middle East peace to the world and peace to our hearts is right here, the Prince of peace.

And they've outright rejected him. And Jesus really gives us foreboding prophecy. We won't get into too much as it's touched on a lot and we talked about already. But he says again he prophesies days will come when you're in his will build the bank around you, surround you and close in on every side and level you and your children within you to the ground and they will not leave you it will leave one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation, your king is here and you'll even recognize him in his getting real bad in Christ.

Maybe he wept. Also because he saw the devastation that that the Emperor Titus would would impact this area with no when he would come in and he would literally raise the city burning to the ground, build a wall around us and know to get out.

He would go in, it would take a while because these people were stubborn and they fought hard, but he would trap and cut off all water cut off all food and it was a massacre. Thousands were crucified crosses littered the whole Roman roads up and down outside Jerusalem were burned. The very few survivors were sold into slavery. So that was heavy on Christ heart he knew what was coming because they rejected the one who came to set the captives free.

The one who came to give them life, the one who came with healing in his wings. Yet they didn't see it. So here crisis weeping all that's hitting anything. Maybe the gravity Robbie of all of that and in the end it that the deepest absolute tragedy here is every Jewish man, woman, child, prayed for this king to come into their city.

On this day. They pray that for every day of their life when with the Sabbath. It was heightened when they had the feast of Passover, the feast of weeks in the feast of tents in the every fees they had was heightened because come Messiah come Lamb of God, conquering King come son of David and the prophecies all point him. Here he is, and they missed him so. What a tragic thing and so Jesus gives this again another prophecy. By the way, one stone upon another, when Titus came in. When you burn the Temple was Herod's Temple. Especially, which even built up more than Solomon's Temple.

When you burn the gold bits everywhere and there. What habitable goal when you burn it mounts yeah two questions what habitable goal when you burn it.

Question number two how do you pay all these soldiers that have traveled from Rome from Italy to come in and conquer Jerusalem and if and if stake their lives and in how you pay for and pay them and their families. Apparently you get the gold out of the sounds of been probably there's a word you diversely with the stars. The P plunder plunder. So these soldiers went in and in how up the fulfillment of this prophecy, Old Testament prophecy even more words of Jesus. Prior to this. That's what happened when you know he said destroy this temple.

We know these these words from Christ. They literally Titus came and burned the city. The gold would run between the rocks, only to get that gold and attach it is to upturn air Freestone is that we would sink down.

It would be nobly done in other so really up brilliant prophecy fulfilled by Jesus and then he went in the temple, and this is where we open with that tease. What happens when God comes to church.

If this is the question Robbie that really sets it up. So what led to such a radical cleansing of the temple while so he goes in there he went to Temple and it tells us he keep began to drive out those who bought and sold in man there so many there's so much on this. There is so much on the merchandising of exam at the connection of that kind of strikes me is he knew had the temple been what it was supposed to be, then there wouldn't be so many people that we aren't aware of the day at at and so you know it it that there still a connection to. He's weeping and the next thing you know you know the he's got a reason to know it.

To get these people's attention because they're the ones who literally stole the the big day for everybody is exactly right that the the the thievery the extortion that's going on will blow your mind really get some of those particular's there next time experience truth but stay with me on this mood we have, hosanna, we have this course of thousands of voices praising the king as is coming into town. We have the hate, vitriol and anger of these Pharisees religious leaders who can abide it.

We have the weeping of Jesus and then he goes into Jerusalem he goes to he goes home member. His first words were in the temple. I must be about my father's business. Why are you bothering me.

Luke 249 we have righteous holy indignation.

She of excitement and cheer and praise. If anger from the Pharisees and rebuke and bitter sinful vitriol you have weeping from Jesus and now we have Jesus Christ grabbing a whip of some sort and drive them out like he did in John to his first trip in his earthly ministry to the temple when he had a you know when he was sloshing his ministry and it's a very similar account of that word and get that deeper next week when Jesus came to church on experience truth. Thanks for being with us. Robbie think you always have to have you next week Robbie because we get is going to go deeper here to be intense. One of the came to your church while they read the word study, word, share the word everywhere you go. This is God's word and will get back into it next time right here on experience. Truth. This is the Truth Network

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