Summary: When Jesus moves in reviving power, He first cleanses the temple and removes the fruitless. Only the humble and watchful will survive.
Its time to be ready, the King is coming.
Its about 30 AD. The place is Jerusalem. It is the month of Nissan and the sun is sweltering overhead. There is a large crowd gathering along the dusty highway and your peer over the heads of the people in front of you. The crowd is shouting Hallelujah and waving palm branches in the air. Appearing in the distance you can see the sight of a man riding on a colt. You suddenly realise is it the prophet Jesus that they have all been talking about.
This of course is the scene were Jesus enters the place he has been heading towards his entire ministry. This is Jerusalem. As Christians we know that Jesus has met us individually and he continues to do so, as we grow closer to him. But we also long to see Jesus come to our town and our church, just as he entered Jerusalem that day. We want to see him move in this church and this town in such a way that no person is left untouched. We are desperate to see revival and lost souls saved, just as has happened in the revivals of the past. I truly believe that Jesus is going to do just that and we will see a move of Gods Spirit in this church that we have not seen before.
As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of
Olives. Jesus sent two of his disciples,
2:saying to them, "Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no-one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here.
3: If anyone asks you,’ Why are you doing this?’ tell him. The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.’"
4:They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it,
5:some people standing there asked, "What are you doing, untying that colt?"
6:They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go.
7:When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it.
8:Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields.
9:Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, "Hosanna!" "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!"
10:"Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!" "Hosanna in the highest!"
11:Jesus entered Jerusalem and went to the temple. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve,
12:The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry.
13:Seeing in the distance a fig-tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs.
14:Then he said to the tree, "May no-one ever eat fruit from you again." And his disciples heard him say it.
15:On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves.
16:and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts.
17:And as he taught them, he said, "Is it not written: "My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it a den of robbers’."
18:The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching.
19:When evening came, they went out of the city,
20:In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig-tree withered from the roots.
21 Peter remembered and said to Jesus, "Rabbi, look! The fig-tree you cursed has
22:"Have faith in God," Jesus answered.
23:"I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ’Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.
The chapter is reciprocated in Matthew chapter 21 and the end of Luke chapter 19. I am not talking today about the return of Jesus, although that does apply, what I want to talk about is the exiting prospect of a revival coming to our town and our church. We tend to think that revival comes easy. You only have to look at what happened to saints in previous revivals, and the trouble they went through, to know that this is not the case. When God gave me this message I had a sense of excitement, that God is ready and willing to do a mighty move in our church, but also a sense of warning and trepidation at the consequences that that would entail. God has given me two warnings from this chapter that we need to heed.