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Lifting Up Jesus (20 of 33)
Series: Behold the Lamb
Ernest L. Easley
Our study of John's gospel brings us this morning to the end of the public ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ. And that incident is found beginning in John 12.20.
Chapter 12 begins with a party and then moves into a parade as Jesus... the Lamb of God... rides into Jerusalem for the Passover Celebration. But He not only arrived in Jerusalem to celebrate Passover... He arrived as God's Passover lamb! Not for a celebration... but a crucifixion. For Paul says in 1 Corinthians 5.7, ''For indeed, Christ our Passover, was sacrificed for us.''
Now keep in mind that chapter 12 records the events during the week of Passover. Historian Flavious Josephus tells us that around 3 million people had come to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. The crowd that day was enormous and emotional and excited!
When you come to verse 20... Jesus had just arrived riding on a donkey (the symbol of peace). The crowd had waved palm branches (the symbol of victory) crying out, ''Hosanna! (save now, we pray) Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! The King of Israel.''
His arrival caused the people to be worked up into a frenzy and left the Pharisees frustrated! For we read in chapter 20.19, ''The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, 'You see that you are accomplishing nothing. Look, the world has gone after Him.''
Now that brings us to verse 20. And beginning here in verse 20... I want to talk to you about ''Lifting up Jesus'' ... for Jesus is going to say in verse 32, ''And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.'' And that's what I want to talk to you about this morning:
Now as we think for a few minutes about ''Lifting up Jesus'' ...the first thing we find beginning in verse 20: (1) The Request to See Jesus.
Verse 20, ''Now there were certain Greeks among those who came up to worship at the feast.'' Now you would not find many Greeks ...
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