Summary: A look at the events of Jesus' Triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
Resurrection Series: “Redeemed”
The Road To Victory
Today we observe Palm Sunday. This is the day commemorating the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem. “Triumphal” means commemorating and/or celebrating victory. It was on that day that Jesus presented Himself to Israel as their “promised Messiah and King”. On that day many worshipped and praised Him. But as usual many others rejected Him. Jesus’ Triumphal entry into Jerusalem marks the beginning of what we refer to as “Passion week”.
In just a few short days these people who should have welcomed their King ...CRUCIFIED HIM! But through it all we find that on that “Resurrection Sunday” Jesus rose from the grave to live forevermore! It is because of the victory that Christ secured that we can possess victory as well. Jesus’ left the glories of Heaven and came as a babe in Bethlehem. Now His journey from glory to glory is entering the home stretch…Jesus’ “hour has come”. I want join Jesus as He made that Triumphal entry into Jerusalem and preach on the subject “The Road To Victory”
Usually there is a celebration AFTER a victory. …When a team wins the World Series, NCAA Championship, the Super Bowl or the NBA Championship there will often be a parade and celebration when that team returns to their home city.
At this point Jesus is headed into Jerusalem and there is a great celebration. And if you will stay tuned next week we will see that He succeeds in victory over death & the grave! He also succeeds in securing redemption for you and me! There are 5 things that can be seen on this “Road To Victory” and I want to begin with:
I. THE PROPHECY ON THE ROAD TO VICTORY - v29 And it came to pass, when he was come nigh to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount called the mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, 30 Saying, Go ye into the village over against you; in the which at your entering ye shall find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat: loose him, and bring him hither. 31 And if any man ask you, Why do ye loose him? thus shall ye say unto him, Because the Lord hath need of him. 32 And they that were sent went their way, and found even as he had said unto them. 33 And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said unto them, Why loose ye the colt? 34 And they said, The Lord hath need of him.
You may read these verses and say “so what … Jesus borrowed a Donkey and rode it into the City”. Well, friend there is more to it than that. What Jesus did was fulfill a prophecy spoken by the Prophet Zechariah.
Notice - Zechariah 9:9 "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey. - Zechariah spoke these words in 520 BC. Jerusalem had been destroyed by the Babylonians 66 years earlier. In Zechariah’s day, Jerusalem was still in ruins and the process of rebuilding had just begun. But Zechariah speaks of a day when the Messiah would come and Jerusalem will be filled with His glory. A vital element on this “Road to Victory” is the fact that Jesus Christ WAS WHO HE SAID HE WAS!