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Hosanna!

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Intro

GMSK Series- still looking at who Jesus is and a lot of the amazing things that He did on earth
Here is a pretty famous story about Jesus that is actually really similar to us today— we need this same truth.
Things to notice:

Read 12:9-26

“Hosanna”- English, from Greek, from Hebrew

“Please, save!” in OT
“Yes! We are being saved!” in NT
**Football, 5 yard line defense— “Hosanna, save us, go, save us” OT usage
Interception, your team runs the ball all the way down the field
“Hosanna! we are being saved! Go! yes!” NT usage**

This Crowd

Followed from Laz’s resurrection, at the festival, continuing to talk about it all, Greeks in the crowd, listens to Jesus, questions Jesus,
They were saying the right thing
This MAN is a SERVANT but he is KING of Israel, GOD.
But they were only there because
The excitement of the witnesses— something cool or fun
They saw the sign— something special or enjoyable
***I think this crowd still exists***

The Crowd Progression

Step 1 Excited to See him- Hosanna!
Great! Miracles! No sickness! No Hell! A King who loves us! Easy life! The best kind of life I can want! Hope when things are hard! People who helped me when I am down! Everything is awesome!
Step 2 Question him- 34
What do you mean, death? Suffering? That wonderful life.. later? Hating things now for better joy later? Being a servant? Being kind to rude people? Be sexually pure? Be patient when I want to be angry? Say ‘no’ to my desires now?
Step 3 Revealed they didn’t believe- 37
People like the hype, people like the emotion.
People don’t like Jesus’ call to follow Him. It’s not easy.
Step 4 The next crowds we see are looking to Crucify Jesus- ()

Verse 20: John just mentions Greeks— Kinda random

“The greeks want to see me? I will tell you what the Greeks need to know about me. I will tell you what that group in Keokuk needs to know about me: The hour has come for the Son of man to be Glorified.”
John is showing us that Jesus isn’t just showing up as the King of Israel— He is the King of the World
What does that mean: “to be glorified”?
I think it means: the time is finally perfect. God’s plan is ready to go.
All these lambs are dying and now the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world- He will die.
No one else wants this to happen now, but now is the time for the big plan where I die and I pay for all of the wrong things that you have done. I take the payment for your crime.
Then I come back to life, I rescue everyone by sacrificing myself. I claim the Kingdom, I save my people!
Everyone will know that I am God, Everyone will bow and every one will confess that Jesus is the Son of God who is the Savoir— that’s what it means for Jesus to be glorified

So many people
They were saying the right thing
This MAN is a SERVANT but he is KING of Israel, GOD.
But they were only there because
The excitement of the witnesses— something cool or fun

How is he going to do it?

They saw the sign— something special or enjoyable
The excitement of the witnesses— something cool or fun
Cool thing
Emotion
??They were condemned by pharisees
Pharisees wanted to kill Jesus quietly, now they can’t
They make a comment like “oh, well. Looks like he wins anyway...”
Which is ironic because so many of these people wouldn’t stick around.
***I think this crowd still exists***

The Crowd Progression

Step 1 Excited to See him- Hosanna!
Great! Miracles! No sickness! No Hell! A King who loves us! Easy life! The best kind of life I can want! Hope when things are hard! People who helped me when I am down! Everything is awesome!
Step 2 Question him- 34
What do you mean, death? Suffering? That wonderful life.. later? Hating things now for better joy later? Being a servant? Being kind to rude people? Be sexually pure? Be patient when I want to be angry? Say ‘no’ to my desires now?
Step 3 Revealed they didn’t believe- 37
People like the hype, people like the emotion.
People don’t like Jesus’ call to follow Him. It’s not easy.
Step 4 The next crowds we see are looking to Crucify Jesus- ()

Jesus

We must DIE--- To really LIVE
Dying= Living ------ 24
**Acorn on counter. Seed must die for any fruit to show up**
Do you want to accomplish something with your time on earth that matters?
Then stop pretending that the seed is the greatest thing in the world
We must HATE THIS LIFE---- To get ETERNAL LIFE
Hate this life- keep eternal life Love this life- lose eternal life — 25
love this life- lose eternal life
Hold on to the acorn, you’ll never see the tree
“Hate” does not mean Eeyore.
It means when this life gives you something and says: THIS THING/PERSON IS EVERYTHING
You say “No, I hate that idea. Jesus is everything”
This life tells you: DO THIS IT FEELS GOOD
You say “No. I hate that idea. I will live my life like a sacrifice for God- holy, blameless, choosing the right things, doing the right things, showing love and kindness and sharing the truth about Jesus”
This life will tell you: YOU ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT
You say “No, I hate that. Jesus is the most important thing”
We must FOLLOW---- to find JESUS 26
Follow Jesus where?
Well, where is he going? He is going to die
“where I am there my servant also will be” (26)
Don’t pretend that you can find Jesus by living for yourself
Don’t pretend that you can have a little bit of Jesus sprinkled in your life
If you serve Jesus (believe in Him and obey Him) then that means you are a Follower!
If you want to know Him, If you want to actually be near to Jesus— you have to follow Him, and he will be with you as you walk like he did.
The Father looks at His Son with such love! And then he sees you, following His Son, — How HAPPY the Father is with you, how DELIGHTED, how much he loves you
That means He will honor you by giving you a place in heaven, just like He will be honoring His Son!
We must SERVE ---- To be HONORED —26
Father will honor Him
If you serve Jesus (believe in Him and obey Him) then that means you are a Follower!
The Father looks at His Son with such love! And then he sees you, following His Son, — How HAPPY the Father is with you, how DELIGHTED, how much he loves you
That means He will honor you by giving you a place in heaven, just like He will be honoring His Son!
All of this because you were willing to follow Jesus to die, willing to serve the King who died for you
Why would we do that?
If you are happy with your stuff. Your friends. Your family. Your plans to go to college. To make new friends. To start your own family. To have your own job and money so you can do whatever you want to make yourself happy--- why in the world would you hate your life and follow Him to die? Why would you choose to become a servant?
The only reason you would is because you realize that you don’t deserve to go to heaven. When the Bible says “the wages of sin is death” () you realize that you deserve to die and go to hell— and that is what will happen if nothing changes.
The only answer that makes sense that you would change how you are living is if you see that the only way to escape punishment, the only way to become forgiven for all the wrong that you have done is to trust in Jesus. To put your faith in Jesus is the only hope.
That would makes sense if you believe in the same thing that Paul believed in when he wrote that “I die everyday”. ()
You would have to believe in the same eternal wonderful place that Paul believed in when He said “if I live, it is for Christ. If I die then that is gain!” ()
You would be willing to give up things in this world if you knew the same Jesus that Paul knows when he writes “I am glad to be poured out as a drink offering (that is, to die) for your faith and rejoice in you with you all.” ()
The only way this makes sense is if you aren’t going to live for you— if you have a new King.
But many don’t
But many don’t
Many people are in that crowd that feel good, but question the hard things. They reject the real truth, and they don’t believe in the real Jesus.

Close

Vs 36 says “While you have the light, believe in the light so that you may become children of light”
Tonight, you might just be in this room because we have fun games and ice cream— that’s ok.
You might be in this room because its one of the only places that you actually feel like people love you — that’s ok too
We have love and games and ice cream. But, we have so much more than that in Jesus
In Jesus we have a new life: one that is so much better than what this world offers we actually hate the life here.
I bet there is someone here who is just a part of the crowd. But this is more.
You found something you like, but I want you to see that you have found life!

Gospel Call

This may be the first time that you have thought about it: but do you believe in what Jesus says here?
Do you believe that Jesus is God, Man, Servant and King?
Do you believe that He went and died on the cross for you?
Do you believe that He came back to life and is coming back?
Do you want to trust in Him to save you from the punishment of hell that you deserve?
Do you want to become a child of the light?
or would you rather stay in the dark...
I hope we can all confidently say “Hosanna! I am saved! I have been saved!”
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