Text: John 12:12-19 (HCSB)
12 The next day, when the large crowd that had come to the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13 they took palm branches and went out to meet Him. They kept shouting: “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord—the King of Israel!” 14 Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written: 15 Fear no more, Daughter Zion; look! your King is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt. 16 His disciples did not understand these things at first. However, when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about Him and that they had done these things to Him. 17 Meanwhile the crowd, which had been with Him when He called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead, continued to testify. 18 This is also why the crowd met Him, because they heard He had done this sign. 19 Then the Pharisees said to one another, “You see? You’ve accomplished nothing. Look - the world has gone after Him!”
Zechariah 9:9 (NLT) “Rejoice, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey - riding on a donkey’s colt.”
Intro: “The next day, the news that Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem swept through the city. A large crowd of Passover visitors took palm branches and went down the road to meet him. They shouted, “Praise God! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hail to the King of Israel!”
July 4th Outer Banks of North Carolina, not an empty parking spot to be found at any of the beach accesses. Bodies everywhere on the sands of the beach, traffic is at a standstill, no silence to be heard, business fills the air, you can hear the sound of the sirens from the Ambulance and police and fire. It is busy. It was busy in that city of Jerusalem years ago! It was the Passover week and the bible says there were much people. It is Psalm Sunday and Jesus came to die! He is soon to make His Triumphal Entry on a colt and no silence to be heard. The Triumphal Entry: this is the revelation of Jesus as the coming King. It involves both a false concept and the true concept of His coming. It is a picture of how men have seen Jesus down through the centuries.
Perception: (Def.) A way of understanding or regarding something. The ability to understand the true nature of something, insight. For the most part the perception of the crowd that was there to see Jesus was wrong; they really didn’t know who He was or what He was about. “Who is He?”
The false concept of Christ: Vs. 12-13 The false concept sees Jesus as an earthly Savior, One who is to bring utopia to earth for the people of God. The false concept sees Jesus...
- as the Conqueror.
- as the Provider.
- as the tolerant, Passive Lord.
The false concept of Christ that sees Him as the One who gives us material blessings is proclaimed, and people rush "out to Him.”
“Do not love the world or the things that belong to the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. 16 For everything that belongs to the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride in one’s lifestyle—is not from the Father, but is from the world.” 1 John 2:15-16 (HCSB)
The true concept of Christ: Vs. 14-15. This was symbolized clearly in the riding of the young colt or donkey. In ancient days the colt was a noble animal.
Jesus was dramatically demonstrating two things for the people: first, that He was unquestionably the promised King, the Savior of the people; and second, that He was not coming as the conquering King. His mission was not to come as a worldly ruler, in pomp and ceremony, not to be the leader of an army to kill, injure and maim; consequently, the people had to change their concept of the Messiah. The Messiah was coming as the Savior of Peace who had been sent to save all men. He was coming to show men that God is the God of love and reconciliation.
The colt was a symbol of peace. "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" Romans 5:1
The colt symbolized service.
The colt symbolized sacredness. This particular colt had never been ridden before, and this fact had a sacred meaning. Animals and things used for religious purposes had to be animals and things that had never been used before. This detail points to the very sacredness of the event. It pictured for everyone that Jesus was deliberately taking every precaution to proclaim that He was the sacred hope, the promised Messiah of the people.
a. The disciples' reaction: Vs. 16 is clearly stated. They simply did not grasp the meaning and significance of what was happening. Misunderstood Jesus' Messiahship and Kingship. They thought that Jesus was to be a worldly King and earthly Messiah. The disciples were as guilty as the people in misunderstanding Scripture. The truth of Scripture - its prediction of these things and how Jesus fulfilled them - was made clear after the resurrection of Jesus. The task of revealing the truth to the heart of man was to be the task of the Holy Spirit. “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit - the Father will send Him in My name - will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you.” John 14:26 (HCSB)
When the Holy Spirit came, He quickened the truth to the disciples' minds, and the disciples saw clearly how Jesus had fulfilled the Scripture in the Triumphal Entry. Jesus came as the Prince of Peace and as the Savior of the world. He did not come to fulfill the lustful cravings and worldly ambitions of men. Men are to be saved by Him and to surrender their lives to Him as the Lord of glory who now sits at the right hand of God the Father. "Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand" Matthew 3:2 (KJV)
b. The people's reaction: Vs. 17-18 Many of the people were sincere they "believed on Jesus” “Therefore many of the Jews who came to Mary and saw what He did believed in Him.” John 11:45 (HCSB)
But many were as so many are in a crowd - simply sightseers, wanting to be where the people were and where the action was. They were after the excitement, the sensational, the spectacular.
c. The religionists' reaction: Vs 19 Was that of despair and rage. Standing there, they witnessed the whole scene of surging thousands thronging the roadway welcoming Jesus as the Messiah. They became so upset and full of despair that they began to accuse and blame each other for the failure of their plots against Jesus.
Teeming thousands upon thousands were lining the roadway between Bethany and Jerusalem crying for their Savior. “Seek the Lord while He may be found; call to Him while He is near.” Isaiah 55:6 (HCSB)
“Your King is Here!”
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