The Triumphal Entry

By John Cortright

John 11:45
Chapter 11 is the record of Lazarus being raised from the dead.  This caused many to believe in Jesus.
(The purpose of John is recorded in John 20:30-31 – to believe that Jesus is the Christ – the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name).

John 11:46-53
The Pharisees convened a council and planned to kill Jesus

John 11:54-57
Jesus went to the city of Ephraim (20 miles N of Jerusalem).  Many were traveling to Jerusalem.

John 12:1-11
Jesus went to Bethany six days before Passover. Many came, not only to see Jesus, but also to see Lazarus.

John 12:12-18 – The Triumphal Entry
This is recorded in all four Gospels (Luke 19:29-38; Mark 11:1-10; Matthew 21:1-11).

Here is what the people were doing and saying:

  • They spread branches of palm trees and their coats on the road (2 Kings 9:12-13).
  • They praised God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles which they had seen.
  • “Hosanna!” (Hebrew root yasha na meaning “save now”, “deliver us now”, “Do save” - Ps 118:25)
  • “Hosanna to the son of David!”
  • “Hosanna in the highest!”
  • “King of Israel”
  • “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David”.
  • “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” (Ps 118:19-26 – LORD = Yahweh).

John 12:18-19, Luke 19:39-40 – The Pharisees were concerned about the crowd.

John 12:20-37 – They could not understand how Christ could be lifted up and die.

Luke 19:11-28 – Before making this triumphal entry, Jesus spoke this parable “because they supposed the kingdom of God was going to appear immediately”.  Be faithful – Jesus Christ is coming back!

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