Why Did He Come?
April 9, 2006
In (vs. 12), it says, "...they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem."
In (vs. 13), it says, Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.
In (vs. 15), it says, Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh..."
1. Today we celebrate Palm Sunday--the Sunday before Easter. Christians around the world recognize Palm Sunday as the day Jesus made His triumphal entry into the city of Jerusalem.
2. Some 400 years earlier the prophet Zechariah had foretold this event. In Zech 9:9, he wrote, "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: He is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass."
3. Chapter 12, of the Gospel of John, begins the account of Jesus' final week, which culminates in His death at the end of the week and His resurrection on the first day of the week, Easter Sunday.
4. The events of this week actually begin on Saturday evening with a dinner at the home of Lazarus, in the town of Bethany, about 2 miles southeast of Jerusalem. Following the dinner, Jesus makes His way to the city of Jerusalem. This was a time when all Israel would be gathered at Jerusalem for the Passover.
5. It is said that there may have been as many as a half of million people present--every male within 25 miles of Jerusalem was required to be in attendance for the week of Passover.
6. His reputation had preceded Him. As He entered through the Eastern Gate of the city, throngs of people shouted and cheered, casting Palm branches in His path. They cried, "Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest" (Matt 21:9).
a. Sadly, only a few days later, some of those same people would be crying; "Crucify Him! Crucify Him!"
5. This was no ordinary day, for on this day, Palm Sun ...
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