Beyond the Weekend

March 21 | Jesus as Victor

March 21, 2024

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, ‘If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes.’” Luke 19:41-42

Read: Luke 19:41-44
Listen: Luke 19

TODAY’S MESSAGE

Jesus weeps over Jerusalem and its people as he rides down the Mount of Olives. He knows that while they desire peace from oppression, they want nothing to do with the spiritual peace he offers. They want victory over Rome, but he came to bring victory over sin and death for all people. The victory Jesus offers takes us back to the first pages of the Bible and God’s plan to bring blessing to all people through a descendant of Abraham (see Genesis 12:1-3). As Jesus views the city, he knows it will be just a few decades before Roman generals will level it. The destruction happens in 70 AD and the result is disastrous and painful.

We can also fail to see the victory Jesus has for us. It feels less like winning and more like overcoming. Jesus describes it this way, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24). We respond to his victory by doing what he did—serving and sacrificing for others. Servanthood and sacrifice are the way of Jesus, the way of victory.

TODAY: Worship God for the victory we have through Jesus by joining the Ada Bible Church Worship Team in “Singing in the Victory.” Use the lyrics to remind you of the victory Jesus has achieved, “I’m singing in the victory, the victory of the cross. . . I’m standing on the promise, the promise of new life.”


JESUS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT

Read Hosea 3-4. Highlight anything that points to Jesus. Note the reference to a king like David.


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