Friday, August 20, 2021
See How Your King Comes
12-15 The next day, the vast crowd that had arrived for the Feast heard that Jesus was entering Jerusalem. So they broke off palm branches and went out to meet him. And they cheered:
Blessed is he who comes in God’s name!
Yes! The King of Israel!
Jesus got a young donkey and rode it, just as the Scripture has it:
No fear, Daughter Zion:
See how your king comes,
riding a donkey’s colt.
16 The disciples didn’t notice the fulfillment of many Scriptures at the time, but after Jesus was glorified, they remembered that what was written about him matched what was done to him.
17-19 The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb, raising him from the dead, was there giving eyewitness accounts. It was because they had spread the word of this latest God sign that the crowd swelled to a welcoming parade. The Pharisees took one look and threw up their hands: “It’s out of control. The world’s in a stampede after him.”
-John 12:12-19 The Message.
Verse 12: On the next day, the large crowd who had come to the Feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,
Verse 13: took the branches of the palm trees and went out to meet Him, and began to shout, “Hosanna! BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD, even the King of Israel.”
Verse 14: Jesus, finding a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written,
Verse 15: “FEAR NOT, DAUGHTER OF ZION; BEHOLD, YOUR KING IS COMING, SEATED ON A DONKEY’S COLT.”
Verse 13 study: Palm Sunday usually falls around late March into early April, depending on the year. This Scripture set the scene for why we celebrate Palm Sunday. Jesus began his last week riding into Jerusalem on a donkey under a canopy of palm branches and crowds hailing him as the king. He picked this time because he wanted everyone around Israel to be around for his bold statement that Jesus is the Messiah; he is not mistaken by his mission. This verse shows a true example of betrayal. The reason being is people didn’t listen, didn’t understand Jesus’ real mission. When you are tone-deaf, things like this happen. Most people automatically assumed that Jesus would be king and restore the nation. When they learned that Jesus is not that person to fulfill hope, they turned on him.
Verse 16: These things His disciples did not understand at 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.
Verse 17: So the people, who were with Him when He called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead, continued to testify about Him.
Verse 16 study: The moments we have with Jesus are unforgettable. The good and the bad. Here is a general question. Have you ever thought about how you got to where you are today? The disciples got a deeper understanding of Jesus’ leadership because they didn’t see the cues. They missed it. So now they are in shock and learned a lot about Jesus. It is essential to go back and see how God has led you throughout your life. That makes it special to know he is there for you.
Verse 18: For this reason, also the people went and met Him because they hear that He had performed this sign.
Verse 19: So the Pharisees said to one another, “You see that you are not doing any good; look, the world has gone after Him.
Verse 18 study: Sometimes, you have to go beyond curiosity and popularity. When a miracle happens, defend it! Because that is an honor. Nobody stopped the crucifixion of Jesus. They only see him do miracles but not follow and worship him.
Father, thank you for our studying Palm Sunday. As we learn about the last week of Jesus on earth, I pray that we will continue to uplift his name in his honor. In Jesus’ name. Amen!