Summary: The Story of Jesus' entry to Jerusalem reveals His true identity, and thus reveals the Father
• When the Apostle Paul went to Mars Hill in Acts 17 to preach his famous sermon about the unknown God, he made an interesting and extremely accurate statement.
Act 17:26-27 And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us.
• God has a desire to reveal Himself to mankind and always has.
• John said of Jesus, “Joh 1:18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known.”
• I want you to understand today that God wants you to know Him.
• Look at the back wall with me this morning.
• God wants you know Him more as a Child of God, drawing closer to Him in love and passion.
• God wants you to know Him more as a brother or sister to other Children of God.
• God wants you to know Him more as you learn more about Him in the Word of God.
• God wants you to know Him more as they find the joy of working for His Kingdom.
• God wanted you to know Him more, He sent His beloved Son.
• He told Him, “Show them who I am. Be the living demonstration of my love and sacrifice.
• “Then I want you to die for them so you can redeem them, so they CAN know me.”
• Thus, Jesus beautifully explained, (Joh_14:7) “If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him."
• Our task today is to know God by meeting Jesus. (Pray)
• As Jesus approaches Jerusalem for His final week on earth, the week of His greatest trial, He reveals Himself, and therefore the Father, in three ways in our passage today…. Look with me….
Mar 11:1 Now when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples.
• Jesus was now approaching Jerusalem; His final week.
• As you approach Jerusalem from the East, you find a mountain about a mile wide and 700 feet tall; the Mount of Olives.
• On the Eastern declivity of the mountain, there are two villages: Bethphage (bethfoggEE) and Bethany.
• Jesus often stayed in Bethany at the home of Martha, Mary and Lazarus.
• Everyone in the region had heard of Jesus’ great miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead.
• It was a safe place for Jesus.
• On the West declivity of the mountain was the Garden of Gethsemane.
• At the West foot of the mountain began the city of Jerusalem.
• The Mount of Olives overlooked the city, although the city was built on a smaller hill, known as Zion.
• As Jesus and His followers begin to climb the East side of the mountain, Jesus sent two of His disciples on a task.
• Many scholars believe he sent them into the village of Bethphage.
• He gave the good instructions.
Mar 11:2-3 and said to them, "Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. If anyone says to you, 'Why are you doing this?' say, 'The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.'"
• Jesus’ instructions were clear and detailed. They always are.
• He said, “Go into the next village and look for a donkey colt. Untie it and bring it to me.
• “Someone will ask you ‘what is your business?’ taking something that doesn’t belong to you?
• “When they do, tell them the Master is going to use it briefly and send it back speedily.
Mar 11:4-6 And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they untied it. And some of those standing there said to them, "What are you doing, untying the colt?" And they told them what Jesus had said, and they let them go.
• The disciples had seen Jesus do so many miraculous things, this probably did not at first seem spectacular to them.
• However, the demonstration of Jesus rule over the human heart is evident.
• He foresaw the possible confrontation and controlled the situation.
• He knows what to say and when to say it. HE is Lord. And He knows what to say to your heart today.