The Triumphal Movement of Courageous Love – Luke 19:28-40 (Palm Sunday)
Read Luke 19:28-40
Unlike Matthew’s version of Jesus’s triumphal entry, Luke doesn’t describe the moment Jesus entered into Jerusalem. Luke describes Jesus’s descent from the Mount of Olives as Jesus traveled toward Jerusalem. Jesus knew that the crowd would turn from cheering to jeering in a matter of a few days. He knew his ride would end in his brutal execution. And yet, he moved on, one terrifying step at a time. This version of the triumphal entry is a triumphal movement of reckless, sacrificial, strategic, and courageous love. This is the type of love that we are called to embody as the church.
As we move toward Easter, I challenge you to move slowly and
intentionally. Don’t rush to the resurrection. God has much to teach us this week about love, sacrifice, and living out the gospel.
King of kings, challenge me, convict me, transform me, and empower me so that I may love as you love. Amen.
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TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL WRITTEN BY:
I serve as an assistant pastor at Quest Church in Seattle, where I oversee the ministry to teenagers and college students. I am passionate about helping children, youth, and adults learn how to hear and respond to the voice of the Triune God. I have a B.A. in business from Rhodes College and an M.Div. from George Fox Evangelical Seminary. Most days you can find me exploring God’s creation or goofing off with my wife and two kids.