Luke 19

Read Luke 19.

One of the great lyrics from 90s alternative rock goes, “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” While Luke 19 marks the beginning of the end of Jesus’ earthly life, it also sets the stage for a new beginning for others. Allow me to explain…

In Luke 19, Jesus made his way into Jerusalem one final time. He wept over the city and cleared out the temple before teaching daily in that same temple – but his fate was sealed: “The chief priests and the scribes and the principal men of the people were seeking to destroy him” (v. 47). As the days and chapters ahead will attest, they accomplished just that. Mocked, beaten, and murdered on a cross, Jesus’ earthy life would come to an end.

But it was the end of Jesus’ earthly life that cleared the way for many more to one day experience a new beginning through faith in the crucified and risen Christ: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17).

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