Here Comes the King! (John 12:12-23)Pastor Justin Pratt, March 29, 2015
Part of the Miscellaneous series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
The cities of Knoxville and Oak Ridge stood still when President Obama visited a few months ago. People lined the roads holding signs and flags, just to catch a glimpse of the motorcade as it passed. People went nuts because the President was in town.
The people of Jerusalem did something similar when they heard Jesus was coming to town. The lined the streets, laying their robes and palm leaves onto the road so that even the donkey He rode on would not have to step in the dirty street. They held an impromptu parade for Him, shouting and singing out Hosanna! They were welcoming the one who they believed came to be King into their city. We call it Palm Sunday.
But within one week's time those people go from shouting "Hosanna!" to "Crucify Him!" They were looking for an earthly King to save them from the Romans. Instead, they got a Heavenly King who saved them from their sins, and they totally missed it...
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12On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13Took 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. 14And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written, 15Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass's colt. 16These 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. 17The people therefore that was with him when he called Lazarus out of his grave, and raised him from the dead, bare record. 18For this cause the people also met him, for that they heard that he had done this miracle. 19The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? behold, the world is gone after him. 20And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast: 21The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus. 22Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus. 23And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. (KJV)