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Jesus: The Messiah

John 12:12-16 

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On the next day the great multitude who had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, [13] took the branches of the palm trees, and went out to meet Him, and began to cry out, "Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel." [14] And Jesus, finding a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written, [15] "Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your King is coming, seated on a donkey's colt." [16] These things His disciples did not understand at the first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written of Him, and that they had done these things to Him.

On this day, Jesus entered Jerusalem announcing that He was the promised Messiah as Nathaniel had declared in John 1:49 when he said, "Rabbi, You are the Son of God; You are the King of Israel." This was his only public declaration of His messiahship. By riding in on a donkey colt, he did two things. First he fulfilled the prophesy of Zech. 9:9 that says: "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey." It also showed that he was coming in peace, not war. Whenever a King rode a donkey, his intentions were peaceful, but if he came in on a horse, it wasn't. Remember that Jesus will return one day, and when He does, He will not be riding a donkey, He will be riding a white horse. John would later write, "And I looked, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him; and he went out conquering, and to conquer." (Rev. 6:2 NASB) 

But this time, His intentions were peaceful. In the crowd that day was three different groups of people. The first group was the Passover Pilgrims mentioned in John 12:12. The second group was those who witnessed him raise Jesus from the dead in Bethany. They are mentioned in John 12:17, "And so the multitude who were with Him when He called Lazarus out of the tomb, and raised him from the dead, were bearing Him witness. The third group was the religious leaders that lamented Jesus' popularity in John 12:19 " The Pharisees therefore said to one another, 'You see that you are not doing any good; look, the world has gone after Him.'"

To the first group, Jesus' action was a novelty-it certainly was something they could talk about on the long journey home. To the second group, Jesus' action was a victory. I'm sure they led the multitude to grab the Palm Branches and cry out Hosanna-Save us Now! To the third group, Jesus' actions were a threat. It Thank you for reading the free preview of this sermon.  The full manuscript is available to Premium Members use these resources in their ministry.
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