The first thing I noticed was the crowd’s declaration of praise in Luke 19:38, “‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the LORD!’ Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
Something about that last part sounded familiar. I turned several pages back to Luke 2:14. Yes, there it was: the angels’ declaration of praise: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
So when Jesus is sent to earth to be born, the angels of heaven give glory to God and declare peace on earth.
And now that Jesus’ life is about to end, and He will be leaving earth for heaven, the people of earth give glory to God again, and declare peace in heaven.
I wonder if there is something significant to be found there – that first it’s “peace on earth” as Jesus arrives on earth, and then it’s “peace in heaven” as Jesus prepares to leave the earth.
And then towards the end of Luke’s Triumphal Entry account, there is another reference to peace, as Jesus utters His woeful prophecy, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace!” (Luke 19:42)
It seems ironic. Here Jesus is surrounded by a crowd of people shouting His praise, declaring peace in Heaven, and Jesus laments, “If only you did know what could bring you peace!”
They’re standing in the presence of the Prince of Peace, declaring peace – and yet they really don’t understand who He is. Are we ever guilty of the same?
They were looking for physical peace and prosperity. But what does Jesus say?
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you” (John 14:27).
And now, because of Him, “we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:1), “for He Himself is our peace” (Eph. 2:14).