Summary: This series will trace the events, personalities, and meanings associated with the final days of Jesus Christ on earth. This is sermon No. 1 in my series on the last days of Jesus Christ on earth.
Who Is Jesus Christ, Really?
Sermon No. 1
(Day 1 of Passion Week: A Day of Celebration &
Focal passage: Luke 19:29-44
"And when he had thus spoken, he went before, ascending up to Jerusalem.
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,
Saying, Go ye into the village over against you,; in the which at your entering ye shall find a colt tied, wherein yet never man sat: loose him, and bring him hither.
And if any man ask you, Why do ye loose him? thus shall ye say unto him, Because the Lord hath need of him.
And they that were sent went their way, and found even as he had said unto them.
And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said unto them, Why loose ye the colt?
And they said, The Lord hath need of him.
And they brought him to Jesus: and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they sat Jesus thereon.
And as he went, they spread their clothes in the way.
And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;
Saying, Blessed be the king that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.
And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.
And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediatedly cry out.
And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it.
Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the tidings which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.
For the days shall come upon thee that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round and keep thee in on every dise.
And shall lay thee even with the gound, and thy children within thee, and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knowest not the time of thy visitation."
For the next 7 weeks I am going to concentrate my messages on the last week of the life of Jesus on earth. We will be looking at the events of each day of Passion Week, as can best be ascertained, and concentrate on telling it truthfully as it is revealed in the pages of the inspired Word of God. We are on holy ground, as we do this, and Satan is not going to like it. He does not want the cross of Christ, and the resurrection preached, for in these words the power of God is manifested. Go with me now, in your heart, and in your mind, emotions, and will, to that most sacred time of all human history, and, it is my prayer that you will see Jesus, and that you will turn from your sins, and commit your life, and all to Him, as Saviour, and Lord.
Day 1-A Day of Celebration & Rejection
As I have just read from the Holy Scriptures, our Lord had gone to Bethany, and had sent two disciples on a mission. They were to find a donkey for Him to ride into the city of Jerusalem, where He would be lauded as Messiah. None of this took Jesus by surprise. It had all been foretold, and prophesided and planned before the foundation of the world. Up to this time, Jesus was reluctant to admit to being the Messiah openly and publically, saying so with his actions and words, but now, it is His hour. His time to be the perfect sacrifice for the sins of the world had come, and all Scripture had to be fulfilled, that all men might know that He was Messiah, Saviour, and Lord.
In each of these messages, I am going to answer some very important question. Questions like, Who is responsible for the death of Jesus?, Who is Jesus Christ, really? Why was His death necessary?, and What does it all mean to me?
In todays message we see that Jesus answers the question-"Who is Jesus of Nazareth, really?" He deliberately and publically asserts that He is the one to fulfill the Scriptures. He is the Messiah of the Jews. He is the Saviour of the world! As He
was entering Jerusalem, the crowds shouted-"Who is
this?" Unfortunately, their opinion was that He was
only a prophet, yet, they had Messianic hopes built