Summary: Jesus is coming again. Are you ready?
Intro: In today’s text we will look at the Triumphal entry of Jesus.
I. A Parade of Destiny - vs. 12-19
A. The Amazed Masses - vs. 12-13, 18
Amazed at what Jesus had done.
B. The Humble Messiah - vs. 14
The Creator rode an unbroken colt - most would have been thrown! But the colt knew who was on its back.
1. The donkey is a picture of the first coming of Christ - A king humbled!
2. The donkey was also a picture of His Compassion - He came to bring Peace - A king on a donkey was coming in Peace.
Zech 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." The Prince of Peace came in Peace.
The judgment of God is inevitable, Jesus faced judgment for all that will be saved
II. A Personal Desire - vs. 20-26 Charles Alexander was the song leader for great men as Billy Sunday, Wilbur Chapman, and R. A. Torrey. He was involved in thrilling crusades all around the World. One day when in Britain, he sang at a school for blind children. His songs charmed the audience. He asked if any child had a special request. A small boy lifted his hand and said, “Sir, will you sing, ‘Never lose sight of Jesus’?” And he did, He sang the words - O pilgrim bound for the heavenly land, Never lose sight of Jesus. He’ll lead you gently with loving hand , Never lose sight of Jesus. As he looked at the face of the little blind boy listening to his favorite hymn, he could not help but cry. The little boy could not see the singer, or anyone else on this earth. BUT he loved the words of that song, for even as a child he had his soul’s eyes on Jesus.
A. These were Strangers - vs. 20 Greeks, not Grecians (Hellenistic Jews)
1. They Probably participated in the Triumphal entrance of Jesus.
2. They had heard of the Miracles.
3. They had heard of Lazarus.
I was once a stranger, but not anymore. I heard about Jesus!
B. They were Sincere - Greeks had many Gods, (Acts 17:23 - Greeks had an altar to the Unknown God) but they had turned away from them to the true God - and now they wanted to know Jesus. No one will enter heaven unless they have turned form everything else and trusted Christ with a sincere heart. Ro 10:9 "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
C. They were Satisfied! - vs, 23 “Jesus answered THEM!”
1. He was Ready for His Time - The hour is come!
Before Jesus had said - My time has not yet come, but not now - It was time for Him to begin the Journey during the next week to the cross.
He had already explained to them that the world would not take His life.
John 10:17 "Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. 18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father."
2. He Revealed His Truth - He would be glorified.
Daniel 7:14 "And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed."
- Rejected by a Few - He had come first to Israel - and while seated with them that rejected Him, he was being sought by the Gentiles from outside. The entire World would benefit from His submission to the cross! Jesus died for ALL.
- Redeemer of Many - Psalm 22, prophetic Psalm of the crucifixion, has an interesting verse: 6 "But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people." The Word “worm” is the same word used as Scarlet that was a dye used in making part of the Priests garments!
This Worm, when it was ready give birth to its young, would attach its body to the trunk of a tree, fixing itself so firmly and permanently that it would never leave again. The eggs deposited beneath her body were thus protected until the larvae were hatched and began their own lives. As the mother died, the crimson fluid stained her body and the surrounding wood. From the dead bodies of such scarlet worms, the commercial scarlet dyes were extracted.