Jesus the Triumphant, Part 2 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 178)
TEXT: John 12:12-16
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.
14 And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written,
15 Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass’s colt.
16 These things understood not his disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him.
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 178.
R.T. France of Wycliffe Hall Oxford England said, ‘What happens during the Triumphal Entry is not a spontaneous act but a planned demonstration. Planned for prime time and maximum exposure, it was a ‘demonstration’ calculated to interrupt business as usual and bring the nearness of God’s reign abruptly, forcefully, to the attention of all.”
From the Gospels, one of the things that we can say about Jesus is that He frequently did and said things that people did not expect or anticipate. I believe part of the purpose of doing things the way He did was because Jesus wanted people to think about what they believed and about how His actions challenged their beliefs. He wanted them (and us) to begin seeing things from a Heavenly perspective.
In our passage for today, we find Jesus doing another one of these unexpected things as He is entering Jerusalem at the start of the Passover week. The people were crowding around Him, waving palm leaves, and chanting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.” Then, we read: “And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon…”
In those days, the donkey was an unusual mode of transportation for a would-be conqueror. Donkeys do not speak of royalty, might, power, or wealth. Henry Morris said, “The ass was not normally used by a warlike person. It was the animal of a man of peace, a priest, a merchant or the like. It might also be used by a person of importance but in connection with peaceable purposes.”
Jesus’ choice of a donkey would have been surprising to those who did not know Him very well. But Jesus chose the donkey deliberately as a fulfillment of prophecy and as a demonstration of the nature of His coming. He had not come to Jerusalem to start a war with the Romans; He had come to make peace between God and man. Even the disciples did not grasp the meaning of this at first, but John tells us that “when Jesus was glorified, they remembered that these things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him.”
Just as Jesus chose a donkey over a war horse to make His Triumphal Entry, it also happened that He was surrounded not by soldiers, but by sheep. Every Jewish family was required to bring a lamb to sacrifice at the Temple during Passover. So, among the throngs of people gathering in Jerusalem during that time, there was also a multitude of sheep. The Jewish historian Josephus recorded that during one Passover year just over a quarter of a million lambs were brought into Jerusalem to be sacrificed. Jesus entered the city surrounded by lambs, Himself being the Lamb of God who would take away the sins of the world. As one songwriter put it:
Lamb of God so pure and spotless,
Lamb of God for sinners slain.
Thy shed blood has wrought redemption,
Cleansing us from every stain.
Lamb redeeming, Lamb redeeming,
Bearing all our sins away!
If the throngs of people surrounding Him had known the significance of this symbolism, they would have found this surprising as well. They were looking for a Lion, but God sent them (and us) a Lamb. He gave us not what we wanted, not what we were expecting, but the thing we most desperately needed — a Savior.
Will you receive this Savior into your heart and life today? Here is how:
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “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.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “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.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at email@example.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.