Summary: Palm Sunday as told by Apostle John
Big Idea - Who is Jesus in your life? Is He King? What does that mean?
John 12:12-36 (quickview)  The next day the great crowd that had come for the Feast heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. 13 They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, "Hosanna! "
"Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!"
"Blessed is the King of Israel!"
14 Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it, as it is written,
15 "Do not be afraid, O Daughter of Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey's colt."
16 At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that they had done these things to him.
17 Now the crowd that was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word. 18 Many people, because they had heard that he had given this miraculous sign, went out to meet him. 19 So the Pharisees said to one another, "See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him!"
20 Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the Feast. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. "Sir," they said, "we would like to see Jesus." 22 Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus.
Who is leading the parade?
Vs. 17 crowd was with Jesus raising Lazarus - other reports merely Jesus' disciples
Palm branches - linked to Festival of Booths
Macabees revolt - like waving a flag
Later Romans put palm leaves on their coins celebrating their crushing defeat of the Jewish revolt
Hosanna = Save us - Give salvation now
Can't make Him a king if He rides in as a King.
He already is KING -
Video clip - That's my king?
Crowd - disciples - everyone but the religious leaders fully expected Jesus to reign as king
Happily ever after
Even the Greeks wanted to see Jesus -
Greeks at the festival would only be allowed in the outer courts, those were the courts where buying and selling was taking place. In other gospel accounts, Jesus drives them out saying that this is a house of prayer for all nations.
What about the Greeks - now our militia can grow
Jesus not only of the Jews but of the Greeks, the Romans
All the makings of a Happily Ever After story - like the one you or I would write
But hold on - there was one key player who knew the story - wrote the story with His father, and knew that happily ever after was not in the script
JN 12:23 Jesus replied, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25 The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.