Summary: At least nine outstanding events are reported relating to Christ showing His courage as He was about to experience the crucifixion and He responded so unselfishly He demonstrated His love for lost man over and over again.
1. Open your bibles please to Matt. 20:17&ff.
2. Do we have anyone present that has ever ridden a donkey?
(1) Maybe Heather Walton! Or maybe Joshua or Caleb or Paul? I think that they are the only ones that own donkeys.
(2) Misty used to ride a barrel racing horse. Most of you have ridden a horse, but our main interest this morning has to do with someone who has ridden a donkey.
3. How does Matt. 20:17&ff and someone riding a donkey have any connection?
(1) Matt. 20:17&ff begin to inform us of things happening about 9 or 10 days before Jesus was crucified and about 12 or 13 days before Jesus was resurrected. Jesus was crucified on a Friday. Jesus was resurrected on a Sunday.
(2) The religious world, majority speaking, considers next Sunday being the Sunday Jesus was resurrected approximately 2,100 years ago.
(3) The events we read about in Matt. 20:17&ff may have started happening on a Wednesday or Thursday the week before Jesus was crucified on a Friday.
4. There is no scripture in the bible that teaches just which Sunday of the year Christ was resurrected.
(1) The bible does teach that Christ was resurrected on the 1st day of the week – on what we call Sunday.
(2) The bible does not teach Christians to celebrate the resurrection of Christ on one particular Sunday each year.
5. As we read Matt. 17&ff and other passages of Jesus doing things during the few days right ahead of Christ’s crucifixion we will be impressed with Christ’ courage and love.
6. We will find out that Christ knew ahead of time that he was going to soon be crucified.
(1) Christ’s knowledge of the soon to experience crucifixion did not cause Christ to start thinking only of Himself and His personal problems.
(2) In spite of Christ’s soon to be experienced crucifixion Christ repeatedly showed love and extended help to others.
7. In this lesson we will discuss some of the ways that Christ demonstrated His love and concern for others and yet at a time when He could have exercised self pity!
I. FIRST, MATT. 20:17-19 REPORT THAT JESUS PREDICTED HIS OWN DEATH FOR THE THIRD TIME DURING HIS EARTHLY MINSISTRY.
1. Let’s read Matt. 20:17-19, “17 Now Jesus, going up to Jerusalem, took the twelve disciples aside on the road and said to them, 18 “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death, 19 and deliver Him to the Gentiles to mock and to scourge and to crucify. And the third day He will rise again.”
2. Jesus was the Son of God, but Jesus also had the fears of the pain of the cross that He knew that he was going to have to face in nine or ten days.
3. Do you appreciate Christ for the courage He had, when at the same time He knew and understood the horrible pain that He was going to have to undergo and yet He calmly taught and went on toward the city of Jerusalem, knowing there would soon be the horrible and painful death on the cross?
4. Christ’s love for mankind is what gave him the strength to put one foot before the other and walk on toward the city of Jerusalem. We sing the song, “Oh, How I Love Jesus”.
II. SECOND, MATT. 20:20-28 REPORT THAT JESUS TAUGHT A MOTHER AND HER TWO SONS THAT GREATNESS COMES BY SERVING!
1. For the sake of time I will quickly paraphrase Matt. 20:20-28, “20 Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Him with her sons, kneeling down and asking something from Him. 21 And He said to her, “What do you wish?” She said to Him, “Grant that these two sons of mine may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on the left, in Your kingdom.” 22 But Jesus answered and said, “You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They said to Him, “We are able.” 23 So He said to them, “You will indeed drink My cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with; but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared by My Father.” 24 And when the ten heard it, they were greatly displeased with the two brothers. 25 But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. 26 Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. 27 And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”