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Understanding Christ's Triumphal Entry Into Jerusalem

Text: John 12:12-50    IBCSS    April 1, 2007

Preacher: Pastor Jose B. Cabajar


   The world annually celebrates Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem with excitement and with traditional setting which could remind us that Jesus truly came into the world with a mission to save mankind.


   Obviously, many people are not even aware of the significance of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem, but with certainty, the colorful celebration could help us stir up the hearts of unbelievers and properly guide them to know more about the Savior. It is true that a lot of people look forward and excitingly welcome "Palm Sunday" because it is a well-awaited holiday to be enjoyed, but sad to say, its deeper message is being overlooked because of lack of spiritual interest and understanding.


   In John 12:16, it is written, These 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. (KJV) Through this verse, we realize that even the early disciples of the Jesus failed to comprehend the significance of the Lord's triumphal entry into Jerusalem not until the time when Jesus was glorified.  


   Helping others to know why Jesus came into the world is a rewarding task for every Christian. Satan and his followers don't want people to know who Jesus really is and what He can do to fallen man, but true Christians must shine for Christ so people of the world may know that Jesus saves. The World is in need of the Good News and true believers are the only ones who could convey the message of Truth.


   As we study the Bible account of the Lord's triumphal entry into Jerusalem, may we also see the spiritual needs of others so we could help them realize the countless blessings God has given us through the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ into the world.


(I)            Through The Help Of The Scriptures

             John 12:12-16   Zechariah 9:9   Psalm 118:26

             Jeremiah 7:11    Isaiah 53:1   Isaiah 6:10

             -The fulfillment of the Scriptures


   The Scripture is a great help because it gives us a detailed and reliable account on what really happened during Christ's entry to Jerusalem. The so called "Holy Week" comes and goes every year, but who really knows the importance of Christ's sufferings? True Christians are expected to guide others in knowing the Truth, and by using the Bible, we are confident that we could enlighten others and tell more about the Savior of the world, which is the Lord Jesus Christ.


   The Word of God is Truth and we are certain that Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem was the fulfillment of the Scriptures. In Matthew 21:4-5, it is written, All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass. (KJV)


   We strongly believe that the things which happened in Jerusalem, like: Christ sitting on an ass; people rejoicing and praising God; and the unbelief of many, are truly the fulfillment of the Scriptures. What a blessing to know such things. May our lives be a blessing as we continue studying and imparting the Word of Truth to others, and above all, while others see Christ in us.   


(II)          Through The Words Of The Lord Jesus Christ

             John 12:23-50

             -Concerning His God-glorifying mission

              John 12:23-28

             -Concerning His crucifixion

              John 12:29-33

             -Concerning the believers and unbelievers

              John 12:34-43

             -Concerning His Deity

              John 12:44-50


   The ultimate mission and sufferings of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the attitude of different people toward His identity have been revealed through His Word.


   Once again, the world commemorates Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem with many religious activities, but still many people don't really understand the spiritual significance of what they are seeing and doing. May the true Christians stand up and proclaim the Gospel to the lost. Believers must see the great need of the lost and dying world and must have the desire to tell that Jesus came into the world and gave His life to save sinners. In John 3:16, it says, For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  (KJV)      


   As we live in the midst of a sinful and unbelieving world, may the Word of God be our guiding light. We must love and cherish the Bible because it is our incomparable treasure in this present life. It leads us to the right path, it strengthens our faith in the Lord, and makes us see our better future in Him.         





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