Summary: A look at the days leading up to the triumphant entry. Understanding that Jesus would have been remembering all his miracles. As he traveled he would have seen the faces of the miracles. Does your face reflect the miracle of what He has done?
DIVINE SUMMARY OF TRIP
It would be a traumatic trip for Jesus, but one that he knew would mean your salvation. It would be his last walk in the precious Promised Land, but it would mean that you could walk with him every day.
PHYSICAL SUMMARY OF TRIP
Samaria to Galilee – Capernaum = 10 Lepers
Towards Jericho – Rich man – Money = no eternity
Into Jericho – Zacheus – Give up everythig
To Bethany – Colt headed south to Jerusalem
EMOTIONAL SUMMARY OF TRIP
No one other than Jesus carried the weight of that journey.
The disciples were aware of possible Roman danger to Jesus returning to Jerusalem, but never in their minds could they have grasped what lay ahead for the Christ, spiritually, emotionally, and physically.
This would have been a tough time for Christ. Each person he greeted would have quite possibly been for the last time.
He knew that the 17 prophecies pertaining to his death alone would now soon have fulfillment.
MET SO MANY
Along the way Jesus had met so many different people.
So many different viewpoints and understandings, situations and lifestyles.
But Jesus, in 3 short years, had impacted on every one of them.
I sometimes think that I would have loved to have been in that area at that time just to see Him. Just to hear Him.
LINK INTO LAST WEEKS MESSAGE
Hordes gathered, and as Jesus journeyed towards Jerusalem, the knowledge of who he was gave him the courage to face what had to happen next.
No more little foxes would stop the divine plan.
No more doubt – it was time and he journeyed towards the end with confidence.
DIVERSITY OF PEOPLE HE HAD MET – MEMORIES OF THE PEOLPLE - REMMBERING
Samaritans, to the Pharisees,
Rich to the poor,
Wealthy to the healthy to the ill, to the dead, to the nearly dead.
From the believers, to the doubters from the doubters, to the haters.
From the unimpressed to the couldn’t care to the cared too much, to the friends, to the betrayer.
Jesus must have walked remembering. Oh for a glimpse at the thoughts of the Christ as he walked that week through all the places and all the people that he had impacted.
As he walked, he must been remembering.
THINGS HE WOULD HAVE RECALLED AND KNOWN
With a smile, he would have remembered Peters face as he saw Jesus walking on water.
As he passed by closer to Jerusalem, maybe a young soldiers daughter would have come out to remind him of her resurrection.
A widows smile in the crowd as he walked would have caused him joy knowing her son was alive again.
A man running alongside the procession would have cried out about the day he walked again because of Jesus.
Maybe it was seeing his old friend Nicodemus, who hid his Christian identity, that would have reminded Jesus of his teachings and quite talks that he had had with so many.
Perhaps it was the young boy who ran up to him to give a drink that would have reminded Jesus of the day he took that same young boys lunch and fed thousands.
As he looked at his disciples, he would perhaps felt the loss already of losing a friend. Of loosing someone who would betray him.
He mused as he passed some of the scribes and Pharisees. Oh how lost they were. Oh how mighty they thought they were.
That journey was one of reflection and high emotion.
It tells us in Luke 19:41 – that as he neared Jerusalem, so high was the emotion that Jesus was overcome and he broke down and wept.
If you were in amongst the throngs of people that Jesus had touched and if you were now in amongst the crowds that accompanied him down towards the city, what thought, memory or emotion do you think would have stirred in Jesus when he saw your face?
MEMORY OR THOUGHT BASED ON YOUR REACTION TO HIM
His memory would probably have been of your reaction to Him and to the word of God. Joy if you truly received Him, sorrow if you were like the masses that just did not realize.
What would his reaction to seeing you have been?
As he walks the road today from Gogotha to Armageddon, his destiny now one of victory, he sees your face and the emotion stirred in him is based solely on your reaction, your realization of who he is!
It all hinges on how we understand him to be as our King!
ILLUSTRATION AS TO KINGS VS THE KING
There is the man who thought he was the king.
- There is the man they called “the king.”
- There is the man who wears the name “King.”