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Summary: Who is this strange King?

John 12:12-19 April 5, 2009

The King Has Come

Tell the story from Lazarus on – many mourners from Jerusalem at funeral – Many people followed Jesus because of the raising – convergence of crowds at Jerusalem

Crowds were excited because of his miracle.

Psalm 118

25 LORD, save us! (Hosanna!)

LORD, grant us success!

26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD.

From the house of the LORD we bless you.

Jesus finds a young donkey and rides it – the disciple didn’t get this action until after the resurrection

John 6

After the feeding of the 5,000

14 After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, "Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world." 15 Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself

Both times the crowds hail Jesus as king because of a miracle he performs

Why does Jesus allow the crowds to call him king this time?

Why does he reject the call to the throne at one point and accept now?

When the time had fully come… – if these were quiet, the stones would cry out

He is heading toward his coronation.

What a strange coronation! – this what it looks like

John 19

1 Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. 2 The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe 3 and went up to him again and again, saying, "Hail, king of the Jews!" And they slapped him in the face.

4 Once more Pilate came out and said to the Jews, "Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no basis for a charge against him." 5 When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, "Here is the man!"

6 As soon as the chief priests and their officials saw him, they shouted, "Crucify! Crucify!"

But this is a coronation

At the beginning of the Palm Sunday Story, the Pharisees are looking to kill both Jesus and Lazarus , and at the end of the parade, they make a prophetic statement that they did not know was prophetic: 9 So the Pharisees said to one another, "See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him!"

The people were shouting hosanna, which means “save us!” without knowing their need for true salvation

The Roman Guard crown him, and give him a royal robe in mocking derision, but unknowingly their words were true.

Jesus was being crowned:

(Jesus), being in very nature God,

did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;

7 rather, he made himself nothing

by taking the very nature of a servant,

being made in human likeness.

8 And being found in appearance as a human being,

he humbled himself

by becoming obedient to death—

even death on a cross!

9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place

and gave him the name that is above every name,

10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,

in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father. – Philippians 2

- it is the cross that makes Jesus king. – the reason why God lifts him up.

What kind of king gets this kind of coronation?

Back to the passage that Jesus was referencing by riding a donkey into Jerusalem:

Zechariah 9

The Coming of Zion’s King

9 Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!

Shout, Daughter Jerusalem!

See, your king comes to you,

righteous and having salvation,

lowly and riding on a donkey,

on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

10 I will take away the chariots from Ephraim

and the warhorses from Jerusalem,

and the battle bow will be broken.

He will proclaim peace to the nations.

His rule will extend from sea to sea

and from the River to the ends of the earth.

11 As for you, because of the blood of my covenant with you,

I will free your prisoners from the waterless pit.

12 Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope;

even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you.


Out of all the people that ever hung on a cross, out of all the people who have ever lived, Jesus is the only one who has ever been completely righteous.

Not only did he never do what is wrong, he did all that he could that was right.

It is because Jesus is righteous that he can save.

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