Detail from "Entry into the City," John August Swanson. Used with permission from the artist.
Image © 1990 by John August Swanson, 36” by 48”, www.JohnAugustSwanson.com.
Artwork held in the Luther Seminary Fine Arts Collection, St. Paul, Minn.
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Luke 19:29-44 Commentary
by Barbara Lundblad
The journey that began ten chapters ago is almost over: “When the days drew near for him to be taken up, [Jesus] set his face to go to Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51).
Immediately after that, Jesus was rejected by a Samaritan village. James and John wanted to call down fire to destroy those Samaritans, but Jesus rebuked them and they went on to another village. That event was a prelude to what will soon take place in Jerusalem: the deadly rejection of Jesus, his refusal to take revenge on his enemies, and his determination to follow God’s call wherever it would take him.
But did God want this to happen? It seems that everything was pre-arranged. The donkey was tied where Jesus said it would be and the owners asked the exact question Jesus predicted: “Why are you untying the colt?” They raised no argument when the disciples answered as Jesus instructed: “The Lord needs it.” Perhaps the owners of the donkey were also followers of Jesus. We cannot be certain how Jesus knew about the donkey -- or how he will know about the man carrying the water jar in preparation for the Passover meal (22: 10-13).
Jesus had already spoken three ...
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NL265: Triumphal Entry
April 09, 2017
This podcast on Luke 19:29-44, the Narrative Lectionary reading for Apr. 9, 2017, features Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Kathryn Schifferdecker, and Matt Skinner. Podcast recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn.