Jesus the Triumphant, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 177)
TEXT: John 12:12-13
12 On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,
13 Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.
Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.
This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 177.
Charles Spurgeon said, “God in his infinite mercy has devised a way by which justice can be satisfied, and yet mercy can be triumphant. Jesus Christ, the only begotten of the Father, took upon himself the form of man, and offered unto Divine Justice that which was accepted as an equivalent for the punishment due to all people.”
At the end of John chapter 11, we were informed that during the week before the week of the Passover, many of the people who had gathered in Jerusalem to take part in the pre-Passover rituals had wondered among themselves whether or not Jesus would make an appearance as He had several times before. The Jewish religious leaders, of course, wanted Jesus to come to Jerusalem for the Passover. They had people on the lookout for Jesus and had let it be known that anyone who saw Him should report His whereabouts immediately so that He could be arrested.
The religious establishment probably expected Jesus to come into the city without much fanfare as usual. So they are definitely stunned when Jesus enters the city in the way our passage describes.
The Bible tells us that many people heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. There would have been thousands of people on the roads to Jerusalem during this time. Jesus walked from Bethany, which was less than two miles away. People saw Him on the roads, and crowds naturally flocked to Him. Word spread like wildfire all the way up to Jerusalem that Jesus was coming. So, even more people were waiting for His arrival in the city.
John tells us that these people “took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him.” The palm branches were symbols of political significance and Jewish nationalism during that time. R.V.G. Tasker said the people “greeted Jesus as a king, though ignorant of the nature of His kingship. It would seem that they looked upon Him as a potential nationalist leader, with whose help they might be able to become wholly independent of foreign powers.”
John says the people chanted, “Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.” The word Hosanna simply means “save now” or “save us now.” The people were looking for deliverance and salvation. They were ready to pronounce Jesus the “King of Israel.” They welcomed Him eagerly and triumphantly in the hopes that He would take up the mantle of freedom fighter for the Jewish people. The fact that they recognized Jesus as “coming in the name of the Lord” indicates that many of them had also accepted Jesus Christ as the Messiah.
It would have been easy for Jesus, right then and there, to adjust his course and become what the people wanted. I am sure that many of the disciples would have supported and even encouraged this course of action. But the people were only concerned with their physical salvation from the Romans. Jesus knew that what they really needed was spiritual salvation from sin, the devil, and the punishment of sin which is Hell. Jesus could have become their political Saviour, but that would have allowed their souls to perish.
So Jesus made the choice that so many others would not have made. Throughout the course of the Passover week, and especially the last three days of the week, Jesus made the choice — so that He could save our souls. When He could have just given people what they wanted, when He could have saved Himself, He repeatedly made the choice that would ensure that the way of salvation was opened not only for those who welcomed Him into Jerusalem, but for you and I today.
That way is open for you now. If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
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God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.