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Palm Sunday: The Arrival of The King

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How would you react if a celebrity were to walk in here today?
Depends on who...
Depends on you...
Three reactions
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John 12:12 ESV
The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem.
I want to give some background
Jesus has just recently raised Lazarus from the dead.
There was a dinner to celebrate
Some had been plotting to kill both Jesus and Lazarus
The next day
Passover (the feast)
“The large crowd” - those who gathered for the feast
Heard Jesus was coming
John 12:13 ESV
So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!”
How did the crowd react?
They took branches of palm trees and cried hosanna
At this time Palm branches had become a symbol of Judea
Hosanna - “Give Salvation Now” or “Save Us Now”
Psalm 118:25
Psalm 118:25 ESV
Save us, we pray, O Lord! O Lord, we pray, give us success!
Part of the Hallel (Ps. 113-118) (Sung each morning from the temple choir during the “Feast of the Tabernacle” and with Passover
During the Feast of the Tabernacle every man and boy waved a “lulab” (shoots of willow and myrtle tied with palm) when, the choir got the the “Hosanna” in Psalm 118.
John 12:13
John 12:13 ESV
So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!”
“Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!”
Even this response is from Psalm 118
Psalm 118:26
Psalm 118:26 ESV
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! We bless you from the house of the Lord.
But instead of the blessing from the house of the Lord, He is proclaimed as “the king of Israel”
John 12:14 ESV
And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written,
John 12:15 ESV
“Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!”
From Zechariah 9:9 except where John says “fear not” it says Rejoice greatly

So how did the crowd respond?

The crowd responded by recognizing Jesus as the Savior/King who would bring political freedom.

How do we know this? Because these same people, Who are shouting “Hosanna, Hosanna!,” in a weeks time, will be shouting “Crucify Him, Crucify Him!”
John 12:16 ESV
His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him and had been done to him.

So how did His disciples respond?

The disciples responded by recognizing that Jesus was the Savior/King who would bring spiritual freedom.

Not at first
What is this freedom?
John 12:17 ESV
The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to bear witness.
John 12:18 ESV
The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign.
John 12:19 ESV
So the Pharisees said to one another, “You see that you are gaining nothing. Look, the world has gone after him.”
John 12:19 NIV
So the Pharisees said to one another, “See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him!”
John 11:45–53 ESV
Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what he did, believed in him, but some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. So the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered the council and said, “What are we to do? For this man performs many signs. If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.” But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all. Nor do you understand that it is better for you that one man should die for the people, not that the whole nation should perish.” He did not say this of his own accord, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, and not for the nation only, but also to gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad. So from that day on they made plans to put him to death.

How did the Pharisees respond?

The Pharisees saw Jesus as a disruptive political force that the all peoples will follow.

What is John trying to communicate with this story?

Purpose of the book of John
John 20:30–31 ESV
Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
John 3:17 ESV
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.


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