Sunday, February 26, 2006

John 12:12-20 - The Triumphal Entry

introductory Connection
Passage - in 4 Gospels (Matt. 21:1-11, Mk. 11:1-11, Lk. 19:29-38)
Before - Tell no man (Matthew 16:20, Mk. 5:43, 9:9). He avoided display
Unique initiative of Christ - Before he had departed (John 6:15), declined (7:4)
Why Change in policy - Acted with gathers glory in mind, because scriptures so require, submission to the Father's Word, Loving obedience
What Scriptures - Genesis 49:9-11, Zechariah 9:9
Debatable Scripture - Dan. 9:24-27

FCF: We are lazy in what we give honor to and that makes us lazy in regard to our piety.

Theme: What you honor determine how you act.

T/S: What you honor determines what you...

1. ...Proclaim v. 12-13
  • Purification - reason for Crowd - Galatians
  • Hosanna - Save now - Feast of Tabernacles (lev 23:40, Rev 7:9), Rev 7:9, Psalm 118:25-26 - Given to a trimhal king (not a petition)
  • Omniscience attested to
2. ...Fear (v. 14-15)
  • Sacrifical Ass - Lk 19:30, Num. 19:2, Deut. 21:3
  • is Christ offering the Kingdom to Israel
  • No Excuses for Israel the nation
  • Zech 9:9
  • Rejoice is left out and instead "Fear not" is Inserted
  • Probably from Isaiah 40
  • Ox vs. Horse - Psalm 20:7, Exodus 14:23, 15:1, Isa. 31:1-3
  • Things that are esteemed by men are an abomination to God - Rev. 19:11, Lk. 16:15
3. ...Trust (vv. 16-18)
  • Apostles apprehended diving things slowly - not necessary against it but did not understand
  • problem with success in ministry
  • Emphasizes deep guild of the nation for rejecting him whose credentials were so unimpeachable

4. ...the validity of your passions (v. 19)
  • Proves the Fickleness of human nature
  • God's dealing with men - Constraining and Restraining
  • Doesn't allow them to carry out their evil
  • Constraining
  • Joseph - Genesis 39:22
  • Balaam - Num 23:30
  • Cyrus - Ezra 1:1-2
  • Restraining
  • Abimelech - Gen 20:6
  • Brethren of Joseph - Gen 37:18

Conclusion

Misplaced Enthuiasm in what we honor

2:23-25

6:66

8:30, 48

10:42, 11:45, 12:11, 19 but in 12:37

For Wrong reasons

military power, freedom

not interested in a redeemer

beware of people co-opting Jesus for their cause - it shows what they really honor

It is a dreadful misunderstanding to honor Jesus as a philosopher, great teacher, great liberator, Capitalist, great Marxist, great example, etc.

You worship Jesus for various thirsts that he represents and embodies and still yell "crucify Him" on Friday.

Remember: When you hear Jesus name invoked by groups - and co-opt his name for their cause (environmentalism, socialism, etc), listen closely to see if he is heralded as the Savior of sinners.

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