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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Thoughts at the Triumphal Entry

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Scripture reading: John 12:12-19

Scripture focus: 

               “They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,
              
                              ‘Hosanna!’
                             
                              ‘Blessed is he comes in the name of the Lord!’
                             
                              ‘Blessed is the King of Israel!’”

               “Now the crowd that was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word. Many people, because they had heard that he had given this miraculous sign went out to meet him. So the Pharisees said to one another, ‘See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him!’”
                                                            John 12:13, 19 (NIV)

               The people traveling to the Feast of the Passover received word that the Teacher was coming to Jerusalem. (My research showed that there could have been close to 2,700,000 people attending this feast.1)
               There were several groups of people in this massive crowd. Those who followed Jesus, those who heard about Him and were curious, and those who were the governing officials—the Pharisees and the Sadducees.

               Those who followed Jesus may have been caught up in the mood of the larger crowd. Those who had heard of the Lord wanted to make Him an earthly king. (Verse 13.) This was not Jesus’ plan. The Pharisees watched and witnessed the horde of people going to where Jesus was and decided that they may have been fighting a losing battle. This scene seemed to cement their resolve to remove Jesus from this earth.
              
               Jesus, who came in peace and not war, did not have it in mind to be an earthly king. He knew what lay ahead for Him. I wonder what He thought when he heard the crowd say, “Blessed is the King of Israel.” Could it be He realized that the people had not been listening to his teachings?

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  1. Daily Study Bible: The Book of John Vol. 2 by William Barclay. © Westminster Press. Philadelphia 1975, Page 115

4 comments:

  1. Hi Cecelia! Two million people? Wow. I wonder where they all stayed? I just love history, don't you?
    No, Jesus wasn't an earthly king, and he told Pilate that. He said he was a king, but not of this world. I wonder if I was alive back then if I'd understand that?
    Probably not. But I'd be in good company, I think the Apostles were hoping for an earthly king too.
    Blessings,
    Ceil

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    1. Thank you, Ceil, for your kind comments. I don't think I would have understood what Jesus meant, either. a book I am reading for Lent told me that Jesus told the disciples when they had followed Him for TWO yearsand He told them repeatedly.

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  2. Like Ceil, I wonder what I might have thought about things had I lived back then. Makes me examine my heart and commitment now too. Thanks for sharing this with us. Thanks also for visiting my guest post. Have a good weekend!

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    1. Karen: We all, if we were honest, would wonder about what we would do in certain situations. As we mature we realize that we can't do anything on our own. We need to rely on Jesus to help us through. Blessings on you and yours.

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