Reading Luke chapter 19 today and was a little taken aback as to how much emotion is packed into this one chapter, I’ve never noticed it before. I’ve read the book a few times before but this was the first time I saw how much was in there.
“The whole multitude of His disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice.” Verse 37
This was when Jesus was riding a donkey into the city, the people were so happy they couldn’t contain themselves, “with a loud voice” it says.
This is the reason why I don’t understand why Christians are sometimes against loud music in church, this clearly states that the people praised in loud way. When you’re happy you get loud, it’s a well known human trait, and if Jesus makes you happy, get loud, it’s ok.
And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” Verse 39
Evidently this loud praising made the Pharisees angry, “rebuke your disciples” they demand of Jesus, it was probably the jealousy that led to the pharisees’ anger as the people were worshipping Jesus and not them. Whatever it was the Pharisees never were a fan of Jesus and this is just another example of them trying to bring him down.
He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.” Verse 40
Jesus’ reply is as epic as any other, shrugging off the Pharisees and taking His place of honor, His rightful place, at the center of our worship. He tells them “the very stones would cry out” because all of creation is designed to worship Him and if the people won’t, nature certainly will.
It always fascinates me how He in one sentence, or one reply Jesus can end a debate even before it starts. In one sentence He can claim His rightful place as King, He can quiet His opponents and He does it all whilst being kind.
And when He drew near to the city He wept over it.
After this He saw something that changed His mood, as “He wept” over the city. Maybe it was the reality that He was going to die for us there, maybe He saw the temple and knew that His Father’s house would soon be destroyed, maybe it was just the state of sin He saw there I’m not entirely sure. What I know is Jesus had reason to feel sad enough to cry. Think about that for a second, the creator of the universe, God in the flesh cried while entering the city riding on the back of a donkey.
And He entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold…
His sadness turns to anger as He witnesses God’s house being used as a marketplace, a place where people were supposed to bring their offerings and worship was now a superstore of sin, “those who sold” were fraudsters. I don’t have enough time to get into exactly what that means today but basically they lied and cheated people out of their money. Jesus was not happy about it and decided to drive them out, saying…
…You have made it a den of robbers.
In a short time Jesus’ emotions went from happiness to sadness to anger displaying many of the human emotions we so often get caught up in. Jesus handled them perfectly, when we worship we should be happy, so happy that those who don’t get it want to tell us to be quiet. We can be sad too when need be, Jesus took time to weep over the city, when we see something or someone so far removed from God we ought to feel the urge to cry and sometimes actually cry, like Jesus.
The hard one is anger, again Jesus handled it properly but I think this is the one we have the hardest time with. I for one can let my anger over power all other emotions and Jesus gives a very good example here, He’s angry with the people mis-using the temple and He drives them out, He doesn’t lash out at His disciples, He puts the anger right where it needed to be.
Luke is becoming one of my favorite books, maybe it’s just because my wife and I reading it right now but I would highly recommend a study of Luke for anyone who wants to know Jesus.
Thanks for reading, sharing and please give me your thoughts.
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