Week 6 | Matthew 21:1-11 | Steve Bernard
“Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey.”― Matthew 21:5
“The primary barrier to the power of Jesus' gospel today... is, a view of salvation and of grace that has no connection with discipleship and spiritual transformation. It is a view of grace and salvation that, supposedly, gets one ready to die, but leaves them unprepared to live now in the grace and power of the resurrection life.”― Dallas Willard
Matt. 21:1 Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,
Matt. 21:5 “Say to the daughter of Zion,
‘Behold, your king is coming to you,
humble, and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’”
Matt. 21:6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. 8 Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” 10 And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” 11 And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.”
Watch this Bible Project video explaining The Gospel of the Kingdom
Use this table as shown in this week's teaching (why not grab a coffee and fill it out with someone else) to better help each other understand how your work already is ― and plan for it to be more fully ― part of work for God's kingdom.
Is there something from today's readings or teaching where you sensed God speaking to you, or us?
What dangers do you see in thinking only in terms of a Gospel of Salvation when it comes to our workplaces?
What difference does thinking in terms of the Gospel of Kingdom make for your understanding of the work that you do each week?
A closing prayer:
O God, you have freed your people from exile.
Inspire us to accept that freedom achieved by your Son, our Lord,
who humbly rode into Jerusalem on a road paved with palm branches
to finish your work of salvation. Amen