“The Triumphal Or Tragic Entry?”

Posted: March 9, 2017 in Bible Prophecy, Gospel of John, Salvation

John 12:12-19

Like clockwork, everything that Jesus did on earth was on God’s time schedule including His going to Jerusalem for the Passover feast (Galatians 4:4; John 1:29; 10:17, 18). This was the time each year when the Jews celebrated their deliverance from 400 years of slavery in Egypt prior to their going to the land that God had promised to give to them and their descendants forever (Genesis 15:13-21; Acts 7:6). Even though His disciples weren’t fully aware of what was about to take place there, Jesus set His focus toward the cross on which He would provide salvation for the Jews and all mankind (1 John 2:2; Romans 1:16, 17).

Gospel. My friend, you are a sinner like all the rest of us (Romans 3:10-23). But Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day and became our Substitute so we wouldn’t have to be eternally separated from God in the lake of fire (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 6:23). By one act of faith in Him, you can be transferred out of the devil’s family into God’s family (John 3:16; 8:44; Colossians 1:13; 1 John 3:9, 10). Today may be your last day on earth (James 4:14). Now is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2).

Count Down. Five days before He would be hung on a cruel cross, Jesus made His way to the city of Jerusalem to officially present Himself as the rightful King of the Jews and their promised Messiah (Matthew 2:2-12; 16:16; 27:11; John 4:26). Josephus, the historian, estimated that about 2,700,000 Jews came to Jerusalem for this feast to offer up 250,000 lambs. The forerunner of Christ (Malachi 3:1), John the baptizer had said of Jesus, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29)! The Prophet Isaiah referred to the vicarious sacrifice of the Christ as a lamb who would be slaughtered without opening His mouth (Isaiah 52, 53).

Multitude. Some of those who made up this crowd of Jews had seen Jesus perform many miracles during His earthly ministry. Thirty five of them are recorded for us in the Scriptures. Recently Jesus had raised Lazarus from the dead who had been dead for four days (John 11:43, 44). When they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, they cried out “Hosanna! Blessed is He whom comes in the name of the Lord! The King of Israel” (John 12:13; Psalm 118:26). “Hosanna” means “Save now!” The Jews were anxious to be delivered out from under the heel of Rome who oppressed them. To welcome Him, they took palm branches and their clothes and put them on the road to usher Him into the city (Matthew 21:8; John 12:13).

Irony. But sadly, some of these same people would turn on Jesus in a few days and join the religious leaders and cry out for Him to be crucified (Luke 23:21). As He was being led to His crucifixion, He wept for the Jewish people (Luke 23:28-31) because He knew what would take place in A.D. 70 when Titus would come to destroy Jerusalem and its inhabitants. According to one historian, there weren’t enough buyers in Egypt for all the Jewish slaves. They remained scattered as a nation until A.D. 1948 when they were allowed to return to the land that God had promised to give to them. Most of those in Israel today are agnostics or claim to be atheists (Psalm 14:1).  They have a judicial blindness that only God can remove so they can be saved (Romans 11:25; 1:16, 17; See 1 Corinthians 2:14; 2 Corinthians 4:4).

Donkey. Even though the prophet had predicted that the Jewish Messiah would be coming to them the first time riding on a donkey’s colt (Isaiah 40:9; Zechariah 9:9; John 12:14, 15), they were hoping that He would come as a conquering King on a white horse. But this won’t happen until His second coming to earth after “the time of Jacob’s (Israel’s) trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7; Revelation 19:11) known also as “the great tribulation” (Matthew 24:21; Daniel 9:27). This period of time seems to be imminent as antisemitism (hatred for the Jews) grows around the world and the Jews are made the “scapegoat” for the problems in the world. Those who hate the Jews need to read Genesis 12:1-3.

Disciples. The Lord’s twelve disciples had mixed emotions at this time and weren’t quite sure what to expect (John 14:1-3). They had initially followed Him as He taught them about the “kingdom of the heavens” in which they hoped to be leaders (Matthew 20:21-23; See Daniel 2:44, 45). But after being rejected by the majority of the Jews, Jesus had also told them that He was going to Jerusalem to die. Peter opposed His plan and had to be rebuked by Jesus (Matthew 16:20-23). It wasn’t until after Jesus had died, been raised from the dead, and ascended back to heaven, and been glorified, that they came to realize what the prophets had written about Him (John 12:16; See Luke 24:25, 26).

Perplexed Pharisees. These religious leaders obstinately opposed Jesus at every turn because He made Himself out to be equal with Jehovah God (John 5:18; 10:30; 11:57). Yes, Jesus did claim to be Jehovah by His “I AM…” statements (Exodus 3:14; John 6:35, 48; 8:12; 10:9, 11; 11:25; 14:6; 15:1). Furthermore, Jesus threatened their power and authority over other Jews whom they oppressed (John 11:48; See Matthew 11:28, 29; 23:4). Jesus denounced them as hypocrites and told them of their eternal destiny in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels (Matthew 6:5, 16; 7:21-23; 23:13-36; 25:41, 46). The wicked dead aren’t annihilated as some cults teach nor are dead people reincarnated.

Decree. Jesus, the God-man carried out the plan that He and the other two members of the Godhead had agreed upon prior to creation (Ephesians 1:11; Galatians 4:4). He was in complete control of the timing of His death and bodily resurrection (Matthew 12:40; John 10:18). Have you placed your faith in Him alone to save you? If not, why not do so right now? Whether you are Jewish or not, by one act of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for your sins…and rose again bodily, you can be saved from eternal condemnation and enter God’s family (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Acts 16:31; Romans 8:1).

Good Works. God prepared beforehand some works for every Christian to do (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10; John 15:16). We are to do them with the power that God provides for us (Philippians 3:10; 4:13) for the glory of God and the good of others with and attitude of love (Galatians 5:13; 6:10; 1 Corinthians 13).

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