Summary: Now is our grace hour. Now is the time to turn to him. A look at the biblical truths from the triumphal entry of Jesus and also see how the Jews missed the one last chance given by Jesus to recognize their Messiah.
The grace hour.
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Introduction: Today the world is celebrating the Palm Sunday. It is in remembrance of the day when Jesus went into Jerusalem the Sunday before his crucifixion. The Bible calls this as ‘the triumphal entry.’ This event has found its mention in the synoptic gospels of Mathew, Mark, and Luke. This morning we are going to see some biblical truths from the triumphal entry of Jesus and also see how the Jews missed the one last chance given by Jesus to recognize their Messiah.
As Jesus was walking toward Jerusalem, He stops for a moment and sends 2 of his disciples into a nearby village to carry out a special errand. Luke 19:29-31 29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, 30 “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’”
The 2 disciples must have wondered about what Jesus told them to do, because none of the Gospels ever mention Christ riding on any animal to get from one place to another. Jesus must have walked hundreds of miles up and down the "Holy Land," but there is no mention of Him ever riding, except in a boat across the Sea of Galilee. But now, Jesus gives this unusual command to go into the village to get a colt that had never been ridden, & to bring it to Him. It must have seemed strange, indeed.
If you really see. Jesus riding on a donkey was the fulfilment of what was told by Prophet Zechariah 500 years ago. Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
So by riding on a donkey to Jerusalem, Jesus was proclaiming to the Jews that he was King. Listen, by now the Jews have seen many powerful people coming to Jerusalem. The Jews have seen how Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor enters Jerusalem; with a full complement of elite & battle-hardened Roman soldiers on horseback. People have seen Herod Antipas, the ruler of Galilee enter Jerusalem with power with his bodyguards and security. Such power & pageantry the people have seen in Jerusalem and here comes Jesus riding on a donkey. You see, in times of war conquerors would ride in chariots or upon prancing stallions. But in times of peace, the king would ride a colt to symbolize that peace prevailed. Moreover it was mentioned in the law. So, for Jesus to ride into Jerusalem upon a colt was a public declaration that He was the promised King, the Messiah! All the 3-1/2 years the Jews did not understand Jesus, so Jesus purposely rode on the donkey to demonstrate to them one last time that He was the Messiah.
As Jesus was riding on the colt, many things take place that day from which we can derive some spiritual truths.
Mark 11:7-10 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 heaven!”
He crowd shouted Hosanna. The word Hosanna literally means “Save, rescuer, saviour.” “Saviour” the crowd shouted. I wonder if Jesus thought, “That’s exactly what I’m here to do. How right you are, but do you really understand that I am your saviour?”
1. Jesus’ mission is to save. Yes, Jesus came to save mankind. Just a few days earlier he had made the statement: Luke 19:10 For the Son of Man came to seek and save what was lost.
When Jesus went to Jerusalem that day He knew He was going to face His crucifixion in the city of Jerusalem coming Friday for the salvation of human race. So the decision to go into Jerusalem must have been one of the most difficult Jesus ever made, but Jesus went boldly to face his death to save people. Without knowing the details, the crowd was clearly articulating what Jesus came to do.
Application: We sing: Jesus as our saviour, our Lord; but do we really know him as your saviour? He can save you today. He can change the condition of your heart today but do you have a personal relation with this saviour? As you pass through life understand Jesus has the power to save us from any situation that you are in but the greatest gift he can give you today is eternal life and save us from condemnation in hell.