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The Gentle King

April 5th, 2020

Scripture: John 12:12-19  (ESV)

John 12:12-19 English Standard Version (ESV)

The Triumphal Entry

12 The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 13 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!” 14 And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written,

15 “Fear not, daughter of Zion;

behold, your king is coming,

     sitting on a donkey's colt!”

16 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. 17 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. 18 The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign. 19 So the Pharisees said to one another, “You see that you are gaining nothing. Look, the world has gone after him.”

Thoughts from this passage:

Everyone expected Jesus. Why?

  • Jesus made a difference
  • The people knew their expectations were fixing to be met

Meeting Jesus should be exciting!

  • The Shouts, The palm branches, the laying down of cloaks was an expression of excitement
  • The people are worshipping and celebrating their King

He is the Gentle King (vs 14-15)

  • -John quotes Zech. 9:9
  • -He comes in representing peace
  • -Jesus had to walk through death to bring peace

We need to worship not just because "it is good for us" (vs 12. 17, 18)

  • -It is all about meeting God and experiencing Him together.
  • -This worship the people were exhibiting was a big deal. It threatened the established order. It shook things up.

Spend this week in worship, seeking to know the gentle King as we walk through the pain of the cross through to the celebration next Sunday of life and victory.