03/29/15 He Knew!

Posted by Pastor Steve Siegrist on Monday, March 30, 2015 Under: Sermon
Psalm Sunday

Intro: My wife is out of town as I share this message; she is visiting our daughter and the grandchildren in Vermont. Karol flew by way of an Airplane instead of driving, she traveled coach. She left Norfolk at 6:00am and connected with a flight in Dulles and arrived in Burlington at 9:40am. She had told me the layover in Dulles was very congested, it was very busy with a lot of people going everywhere; Karol had to ride a shuttle to get to the gate of her departing flight.

I have experienced several layover flights in congested airports all over the country. I have seen first-hand walkways from gate to gate packed with people. If there weren’t big signs high above the crowd leading them to their gate I don’t think but a few would know where they were going. Everybody’s clinging to their luggage and carryon bags. These golf cart type vehicles are transporting the handy cap and elderly. Some are literally running to the next gate frantic with getting to their destination. So many people that just don’t know for sure where they are going and if they will get there on time!

In a time years earlier there was a man, much more than an ordinary man who was riding into Jerusalem through a gate, not in a shuttle but riding on a donkey, a colt. But the difference here unlike the packed crowd at the airport, this man knew where He was going; He knew what He was doing. He knew He was dying for mankind. You see when He looked up in the Garden in the midst of prayer and a conversation with His Heavenly Father He Knew it wasn’t His will that must be done, He Knew it was His Father will!

“Rejoice, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey— riding on a donkey’s colt.” Zechariah 9:9 (NLT)

Text: John 12:12-16 (HCSB)

“The next day, when the large crowd that had come to the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13 they took palm branches and went out to meet Him. They kept shouting: “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord—the King of Israel!” 14 Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written: 15 Fear no more, Daughter Zion; look! your King is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt. 16 His disciples did not understand these things at first. However, when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about Him and that they had done these things to Him."

We must remember Christ’s purpose. He came to Jerusalem of his own accord to offer himself up to death.

“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” Philippians 2:5-8

He knew the proper moment, He knew the passionate multitude, He knew the predicted manner and He knew the perplexity of His men.

1. The Proper Moment: vs. 12a

“The next day.”

At the Proper Moment: The next day was Monday morning, the day after the supper at Bethany. During the night, Judas had met with the chief priests and agreed to betray Jesus to them. The divinely ordained time had come for Him to die, but He would do so on His own terms. Regardless of His enemies’ desires, the Lord would die at the precise time foreordained in God’s eternal plan: “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law.” Galatians 4:4

This is Christ our Passover sacrificed! This was the proper moment that God Himself had prepared to publicly enter Jerusalem to force the issue of His death. Hosanna they said; “Save us!” yet moments later most are shouting “Crucify!” He knew that the accolades of the crowds would infuriate the Jewish leaders, and make them all the more desperate to kill Him. As always, God would use the foolishness and wickedness of evil men to accomplish His own purposes.

The exact day, the exact moment of this triumphal entry that the Lord chose to enter the gate into Jerusalem fulfilled one of the most remarkable prophecies of the Old Testament, He Knew! YOU SEE HE KNEW THE PROPER MOMENT! Ours is now, how are you going to choose to live? How are you going to choose to die? Will you look up? HE KNEW THE PROPER MOMENT!

2. The Passionate Multitude: vs. 12b - 13

“When the large crowd that had come to the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13 they took palm branches and went out to meet Him. They kept shouting: “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord—the King of Israel!”

With the Passionate Multitude: When the Lord left Bethany, He was accompanied by part of the large crowd of the Jews who had come there to see Him and Lazarus. They would soon be joined by others of the large crowd of pilgrims who had come to Jerusalem for the feast (Passover). When they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, they came pouring out of the city to meet Him. With what had happened to Lazarus before this event there was two huge crowds of people:

The excited people cut branches from the date palm trees: these palm branches where a general symbol of victory and celebration. Swept up in the emotional fervor of the moment, the crowd shouted, “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel.” Hosanna was a term of acclamation: “This is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. 25 Save now, I pray, O LORD; O LORD, I pray, send now prosperity.” Psalm 118:24-25

In the past, the Lord had refused to be hailed as the king and military conqueror the people were sure the Messiah would be. He had dispersed the crowd that sought to make Him king. But this time He accepted their acclamation, sending them into a frenzy of excitement. Finally, they thought, He was accepting the role they wanted Him to take, that of a political and military deliverer. But Jesus accepted their praise on His terms. As the one who came to save: “And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins." Matthew 1:21 Jesus knew the passionate multitude, and He was grieved by the people’s superficial attitude toward Him. He knew that many who were hailing Him as the Messiah that day would cry for His death the following Friday.

The confused people thought He was there for another reason: “Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it, 42 saying, "If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. 43 For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side, 44 and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation." Luke 19:41-44

All because of the rejection of the Messiah! HE KNEW THE PASSIONATE MULTITUDE!

3. The Predicted Manner: vs. 14 - 15

“Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written: 15 Fear no more, Daughter Zion; look! your King is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt.”

In the Predicted Manner: The Synoptic Gospels describe how Jesus found the young donkey. When the Lord and those with Him arrived on the outskirts of Jerusalem, He sent two disciples, instructing them, go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied there and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to Me. If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, “The Lord has need of them,” and immediately he will send them. The disciples did as Jesus had commanded, and returned with a colt and its mother, which may have been brought along to help keep the colt tame. Then after Jesus indicated that He would ride the colt, they helped Him to mount it. As the procession continued, with Jesus now riding the young donkey, most of the crowd spread their coats in the road, and others were cutting branches from the trees. Spreading garments in someone’s path was a token of homage reserved for royalty, and further expressed the crowd’s belief that Jesus was Israel’s King.

The Lord’s choice of a mount was a purposeful, conscious fulfillment. He knew: “Rejoice, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey— riding on a donkey’s colt.” Zechariah 9:9 (NLT)

If Jesus had been the conquering warrior the people were hoping for, a war horse would have been a more appropriate mount. By choosing to ride a donkey, Jesus entered Jerusalem as the humble Prince of Peace. Only when He returns the second time in judgment will Jesus ride the white horse of the conqueror. The symbolism of His humiliation was lost on the crowd.

The colt was a symbol of peace. "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" Romans 5:1

The colt symbolized service.

The colt symbolized sacredness. This particular colt had never been ridden before, and this fact had a sacred meaning. Animals and things used for religious purposes had to be animals and things that had never been used before. This detail points to the very sacredness of the event. It pictured for everyone that Jesus was deliberately taking every precaution to proclaim that He was the sacred hope, the promised Messiah of the people. He Knew The Predicted Manner.

4. The Perplexity of His Men: vs. 16

“His disciples did not understand these things at first. However, when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about Him and that they had done these things to Him.”

To the Perplexity of His Men: The people in the crowd were not the only ones who failed to grasp the significance of what was happening. The disciples did not understand the meaning of the triumphal entry at the time; they could not comprehend that at His first advent Jesus came not as conqueror but as Savior. Even after the resurrection, the disciples still asked hopefully, Lord, is it at this time you are restoring the kingdom to Israel? It was not until the coming of the Holy Spirit after Jesus was glorified that the disciples remembered that these things were written of Him, and that they had done these things to Him. Jesus knew He would have to send help: “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” John 14:26

Jesus was a King like no other. Instead of the pomp and circumstance associated with earthly kings, He was meek and lowly; instead of defeating His enemies by force, He conquered them by dying. Though He was despised and rejected at His first advent, Jesus Christ will one day return as the all-conquering King of Kings and Lord of Lords, who will shatter His enemies and destroy them with a fierce and final judgment. Just as He perfectly fulfilled all of the Old Testament prophecies regarding His first coming, so He will also come again in exactly the manner foretold by the Scriptures. He Knew The Perplexity of His Men.

Conclusion: He knew the proper moment, He knew the passionate multitude, He knew the predicted manner and He knew the perplexity of His men.

If you don’t know where you are going, if you are not sure and your life is congested, all you got to do is look up! There is a Lord who can show you the gate. You can know!

He knew me yet He loved me, when He was on the cross I was on His mind! He knew where He was going, He knew what He was doing – HE KNEW!

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