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The Triumphal Entry
Into Jerusalem
John 12.12-19
(John 12:12-19) On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they
heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to
meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the
Lord.

And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written, Fear not, daughter
of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass's colt.

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.

The people therefore that was with him when he called Lazarus out of his grave, and raised
him from the dead, bare record. For this cause the people also met him, for that they heard
that he had done this miracle.

The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing?
behold, the world is gone after him.  (KJV)
Jesus comes into Jerusalem five days before the Passover. His approach was not in
secret. The people thronged to Him as He entered the city, spreading palm branches
in His way, carpeting the road. The crowds cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of
Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna
(save now). "Save, we pray!"
the cry of the multitudes
as they thronged
in our Lord's triumphal procession into Jerusalem.
Mt 21:9,15; Mr 11:9,10; Joh 12:13
(Psalms 118:25-26) Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now
prosperity. Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of
the house of the LORD.  (KJV)

Jesus enters Jerusalem unto the colt of a female donkey (ass), that His disciples had brought to
Him. This is a matter of prophecy.

(Zechariah 9:9) 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. (KJV)

The disciples did not understand what was going on, and how it fulfilled prophecy at the time. But,
when Jesus was resurrected, then they made the connection between the prophecies and the
events.

(Luke 24:44-53) And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I
was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and
in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that
they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it
behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and
remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
And ye are witnesses of these things. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you:
but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high. And he led
them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. And it came to
pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. And they
worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: And were continually in the temple,
praising and blessing God. Amen.  (KJV)

The people who saw Lazarus resurrected from the grave told the people what Jesus did. That
stirred the interest and built the crowd. They wanted to see the man who could call dead people
forth out of the grave.

As they beheld His triumphal entry, the Pharisees said to one another, You see how you have no
advantage? behold, the world is gone after him.

The people, at this moment, love Jesus.

Lessons to be Learned

1.        Jesus is the fulfillment of prophecy. From His birth to His resurrection, His life is predicted,
including this instance of His entry into Jerusalem, including the words spoken.

2.        The disciples did not fully understand what was going on during Jesus’ life. It was not until
after His resurrection that they understood many things. Hindsight is better than foresight, even to
biblical characters
.
3.        The force of the miracles created wonder and curiosity in the people.

4.        The Pharisees were feeling a loss of control and influence. They felt the need to get rid of
Jesus.

5.        How quickly will the people change. The same people who now cry Hosanna, will cry out,
Crucify Him!

One of the greatest problems facing individuals in this life is the influence of popular opinion. We
sometimes talk of peer pressure being difficult for young people, but popular opinion influences
people at all times throughout their life. A mob mentality, a pack identity, whatever term you wish to
place upon it, it is hard to buck the tide.

We are facing a time in our society that a change is occurring in relation to God, Jesus, the Bible,
“church” and morality. From living together to alternative lifestyles (LGBT) to the primacy of
evolution and “scientific thought,” popular opinion has changed – and changed rapidly.

Our faith needs to remain firm and steadfast – both as a church and as individuals.