How does the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem compare to what you would expect from a conquering king coming into his kingdom?
How did the crowds know they were to welcome Jesus as a coming king?
How do you think you would respond if someone came into our church building and began disrupting things? Is there ever a time when you think this was normal or called for?
Who do we typically invite to our banquets (both literal and metaphorical banquets)? What would those banquets look like if we invited the least expected folk to take part of them?
How do you love God with all your heart, soul, and mind? How do you love your neighbor? How can you do these things better?
In a classic example of how NOT to win friends and influence people, Jesus pronounces seven woes on the Teachers of the Law and the Pharisees. As you read through Jesus’ criticism of the religious leaders, what specific ideas do you have about how to not do these things yourself?
Why do impressive buildings and other signs of opulence and power attract people’s attention away from Godly power and strength?
How fearful are you of your future and the end times when Jesus returns? In what ways do Jesus’ instructions give you hope and peace, even in the face of potential trouble and hardship?
What things have you done (or will you do) today to continue to ensure you are ready and anticipating Jesus’ return?
How faithful of a servant are you with what God has entrusted to you?
What can you do “for the least of these” today?
Prayer for the week: “Lord, may we always sing your praises in anticipation of you coming again.”
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