Tuesday, 13 February 2018

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Monday Bible Study: Christ's Triumphant Entry Into Jerusalem -John 12:12-19

All the four gospels wrote about the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem but the record of John was brief because the other three gospels had written about the event comprehensively many years earlier.

Why did John write about this incident again? Because there were some details missing from the others. It happened after the miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead, John 12:17.

The nation of Israel had no excuse in not accepting Jesus as the Messiah because He did so many things which no other person, not even the prophets did before Him. Miracles from the turning of water into wine, to the handling of the case of the woman taken in adultery, to creating eyes for a man born blind, and to the latest one, the raising of Lazarus from the dead. So as the feast of the Jews drew near, many desired to see Jesus who had done all the great things.

It is a great pity, a tragedy that despite all the miracles Jesus performed in the presence of His disciples, they could not understand, John 12:16.

Even Judas, one of the twelve, who saw all the miracles, who partook of the miracle food, yet, he still perished. Until Christ was glorified, (as He will in our midst tonight), then they remembered that those things were written about Him.

The Pharisees were separatists, always doing their own things differently, yet, they didn't know the way of salvation.

They exclaimed in John 12:19: "Behold, the world is gone after Him!". They became so envious of Christ to the point that they killed Him - Mark 15:9-10. Envy drives people into doing evil towards the one doing good, Acts 13:45, 17:. Envy and salvation cannot cohabit in the same heart, so if you're envious or jealous, your salvation is in doubt.

When the message of salvation comes through, the wise will yield, receive the word of God and get saved, and every godly minded ones around D will be glad at such great miracle, unlike the Jews!

I Cor 3:3. Envious or jealous people are carnal and graceless. They shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

James 3:14-16. Envy comes with bitterness, strife, it is earthly, sensual and devilish.
I Pet 2:1. It is very necessary to lay aside envy and other vices in order to grow.

The Pharisees had no choice than to acknowledge the Lordship and Kingship of Jesus as seen in John 12:19.

A.    The admiration of the long-awaited king- John 12:12-13. On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem John Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord. While the Pharisees were busy castigating and criticizing, the people were busy exalting and praising Jesus. These were the ones who witnessed the unusual miracle Jesus did.

Genesis 49:10-11. Unto the King of kings shall the gathering of His people be. These sublime, prophetic utterances came to pass when Jesus came.

Numbers 24:17-19. Even greedy Balaam recognized the greatness and majesty of Jesus.
Psalm 118:25. Hosanna means "SAVE US NOW!"

2:6-8. It is not only the multitude in Jerusalem that should shout hosanna, but even the multitudes from the ends of the earth! So, as we go to the heathen, preaching the word of salvation, we are making this promise come to pass. May they come to Christ through us.

110:1-2. Christ is the King, Lord, He will rule in the hearts of the people.

Isaiah 9:6-7. His kingdom is forever and shall never come to an end.

Daniel 7:13. When we hand over our lives to Him, He guides and directs, ruling over us without rival. Everything trying to control us will be put down for Christ to reign supreme forever. Amen. Reve 19:16; John 12:13.

B.     THE Adoration Of The Lowly, Acknowledged King - John 12:14-15. And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written,
Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass's colt.

Jesus did everything "as it is written" - He lived His life, did all the miracles as it is written. What an example for us to follow!

What were written?

* Zachariah 9:9. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

It happened exactly as it was written over 500 years earlier. This gives us the assurance that we should believe all the words we are reading and hearing.

Psalm 45:6-7. Jesus will rule and reign over all the earth.

John 12:16. We need to understand fully that Jesus is the Saviour, Sanctifier, Redeemer and much more. This knowledge will set us free from all bondage. When the people cried, 'save us now!', they were seeking freedom from the Roman government, whereas, they should have asked to be freed and saved from sin, (the worst form of bondage).

Jesus entered into Jerusalem triumphantly but departed tearfully. He wept because the people would not see Him as Saviour. Luke 19:35-42; Matt 23:37-38.

C.     The Admission Of The Loudly-Acclaimed King - John 12:17-19
The people therefore that was with him when he called Lazarus out of his grave, and raised him from the dead, bare record.

For this cause the people also met him, for that they heard that he had done this miracle.
The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? Behold, the world is gone after him.

We must renounce and forsake every allegiance to other kings and lords, and be fully devoted to Christ alone. Psalm 145:6-7; Acts 5:27-29; Psalm 22:27, 1, 8, 16, 27. Jesus was forgotten so that we can be remembered. We will be preachers of righteousness and turn many to the Lord.

Psalm 72:8. All nations shall serve Him, both small and great.

How shall they hear and know if no one told them? We will go to them and tell them about the Saviour, and thus fulfill the prophecy in Genesis 49:10.

May God in His mercy keep our father in the Lord for us. May he was stronger day by day in Jesus name.

May we never be dull of hearing, may we be doers of the word in Jesus mighty name.

Monday Bible Study: Christ's Triumphant Entry Into Jerusalem  -John 12:12-19
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