Friday 29 March, 2019

John 12:9-19

9 Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 10 So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, 11 for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and believing in him. Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King 12 The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. 13 They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the king of Israel!” 14 Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written: 15 “Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.” 16 At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that these things had been done to him. 17 Now the crowd that was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word. 18 Many people, because they had heard that he had performed this sign, went out to meet him. 19 So the Pharisees said to one another, “See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him!”

The news of the miracle of Lazarus spread like wildfire! The Pharisees were shocked by the huge crowd which greeted Jesus when he came into Jerusalem riding on a donkey. In v.19 [TPT] they said, “We won’t be able to stop this! The whole world is going to run after Him”.

If we look at Zechariah 9:9 we learn that the victorious kings would ride on a war horse through the city streets. So, Jesus moved to reassure the crowd by declaring, “People of Zion have no fear! Look – it’s your king coming to you….!” [v.13]

As observers of this remarkable event, the disciples didn’t fully understand its significance until afterwards when they realised that Jesus fulfilled all the prophecies about him.

Traditionally we now observe this event as Palm Sunday. Then, it was the high point of the popularity of Jesus after the resurrection of Lazarus.

The more significant aspect of this pivotal event was that Jesus referred to Himself as their king. His kingdom was to be established through his mission on earth. Every person who is born again of the Spirit enters into this royal kingdom and takes on a royal status in Christ. Let us take up the excitement of the crowd in Jerusalem and sing his praises daily. He is our King, we are his royal subjects! So enjoy your royal status!

We acknowledge your kingdom Jesus, and desire to spend our days in praise and worship of our King. How majestic is he who came in the name of the Father.

Written by Keith Bennett

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