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Sun, Mar 25, 2018

What A Difference A Day Makes

Palm Sunday is the beginning of the last week of Jesus earthly life as He completes His mission, to live a perfect sinless life then go to the Cross in our place securing eternal life for all who come to Him by faith. The last week of Jesus life is known as the Passion week as it deals with Jesus suffering. All that He endured so that you and I might have eternal life.
Series:Easter
Duration:1 hr 2 mins 13 secs

Palm Sunday

John 12, Luke 19

What A Difference A Day Makes

 

Palm Sunday is the beginning of the last week of Jesus earthly life as He completes His mission, to live a perfect sinless life then go to the Cross in our place securing eternal life for all who come to Him by faith.

 

The last week of Jesus life is known as the Passion week as it deals with Jesus suffering. All that He endured so that you and I might have eternal life.

 

As you study John’s Gospel, half of the Gospel of John is dedicated to the last week of Jesus life.

 

All the Gospel writers placed great emphasis on the last week of Jesus life… We should too.

 

89 chapters all together in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

4 chapters cover the first 30 years of Jesus life

85 chapters cover the last 3 1/2 of Jesus life

29 chapters cover the last week of Jesus life

 

All 4 Gospels cover the last week of Jesus life so that makes it important for us to study it too.



John 12:1-16  

1  Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead, whom He had raised from the dead.

 

6 days before would make this a Saturday… Bethany is where Lazarus house was.

 

Its the 10th day of Nissan and on this day Jewish families would pick a lamb on the 10th day that on the 14th day they would sacrifice for the Passover. For 3 days they would examine the lamb.

 

Keep in mind the date, April 6, 32 A.D.

 

I think its customary to throw a party for someone who raises you from the dead, don’t you?

 

2  There they made Him a supper; and Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with Him.

 

Once you have had a death or near death experience where Jesus saves your life you stay pretty close after that… Lazarus was also being celebrated too. He was an honored guest.

 

3  Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.

 

It was customary for someone, a servant to wash the feet of the guests upon entering a home but what took place here was special, it was worship.

 

Don’t you love watching people who are free in their worship of Jesus. I don’t mean people who are trying to draw attention to themselves during worship but who are seeking to worship Jesus regardless of what others might think.

 

Trust me, everyone has an opinion about everything… Mary doesn’t care.

 

Mary doesn’t hold anything back and I want to encourage you this Easter week.

 

Do you ever feel as if you are holding back in worship? Ever feel like you have so much more to give Jesus? Our problem is we are so concerned about what others think and what they say. We are easily offended because we have to high of an elevation of self and not a high enough elevation of Jesus. Oh to be like Mary…

 

Get in the word, let the Word get into you. Read again what Jesus went through for you on the Cross. Ask the Lord to give you understanding of just how wretched and poor you were and yet Jesus died for you.

 

Are you living a life of gratitude? Is it expressed in your worship of Jesus. It was for Mary.

 

She took this costly oil of spikenard which was worth a years wages of the average worker and she spent it all on Jesus! She gave Him her all.

 

4  Then one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, who would betray Him, said,

5  "Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?"

6  This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it.

7  But Jesus said, "Let her alone; she has kept this for the day of My burial.

8  For the poor you have with you always, but Me you do not have always."

9  Now a great many of the Jews knew that He was there; and they came, not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might also see Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead.

 

Lazarus was causing quite a stir… He was dead and stinketh was alive and well.

 

10  But the chief priests plotted to put Lazarus to death also,

 

All Lazarus did was get sick and die and Jesus brings him back to life and the religious Jews want to kill him again to destroy the evidence of what they know to be true. People had seen this happened.

 

11  because on account of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus.

 

Being Born Again and saying something about it to others can have an amazing effect on their lives too.

 

12  The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,

13  took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: "Hosanna! 'Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!' The King of Israel!"



3 mandatory feasts were required.

Passover

Pentecost

Tabernacles

 

Though the people were in Jerusalem to celebrate Passover its obvious that Jesus is more appealing than religion as a great multitude came to see Him and honor Him.

 

They took palm branches… and cried out, “Hosanna!” Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. The King of Israel.

 

Hosanna…means,  “Save Now” or “Oh Lord save us”

 

What was happening that brought the people to come and meet Jesus and honor Him as the one who comes in the name of the Lord, the King of Israel.

 

Scripture is more reliable than opinion. Whatever God says will come to pass.

 

Many knew what the word of the Lord said.

 

Psalm 118,

 

A direct quote from the Bible…

 

Psalm 118:24-26 (NKJV)

24 This is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.

25 Save now, I pray, O LORD; O LORD, I pray, send now prosperity.

26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD! We have blessed you from the house of the LORD.

 

Verse 24: this is the day… we sing that verse in church as if it means, this is the day, like today, its nice outside and we sing a happy song… In reality this is a prophetic Word about a very specific day in human history, the day Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the colt of a donkey.



Verses 14-15:  “Then Jesus, when He had found a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written:

15  "Fear not, daughter of Zion; Behold, your King is coming, Sitting on a donkey's colt."

 

Sitting on a donkey… these things were written about in the Bible in advance of their happening.

 

Zechariah 9:9,  9 "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.”

 

What the Bible says Jesus is, is more reliable than what people think He is

 

When the king comes..

 

Kings rode donkeys in times of peace not in times of war. Picture riding a donkey into battle… Adds new meaning to “it was a long war”… Most of the time was spent waiting for the general to arrive on his donkey…

 

Revelation 19, in times of war a king comes on a horse. Jesus will be coming back one day on a white horse, on “Airhorse 1” our King will return in battle.  



Palm Sunday is one of the few events all the Gospels record so we know its important.

 

John records the event

Luke records what the people said

 

Pick up the story in Luke 19

 

Jesus is weeping…

 

Luke 19:41-44  

41  Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it,

42  saying, "If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.

43  For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side,

44  and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation."

 

Jesus is saying, “Had you known… Your day, that make for your peace…” Jesus came to save the people not to condemn the people.

 

Jesus wept because they did not know the time of their visitation… Jesus, the promised Messiah had come to them and they missed it. Instead of embracing Jesus with open arms they rejected their king.

 

And Jesus knew the consequences. Jesus knew in just 40 short years from this moment… in 70 A.D. when Titus will levels the city.  

 

In the book of Daniel we read of the time line of these events, in Daniel 9 we have an exact, a very precise time table of these events.

 

Verses 25-26, tells us that from the going forth of the commandment will come 483 years… and then Messiah will be cut off, killed.

 

Daniel 9:25-26 (NKJV)

25  "Know therefore and understand, That from the going forth of the command To restore and build Jerusalem Until Messiah the Prince, There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; The street shall be built again, and the wall, Even in troublesome times.

26  "And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; And the people of the prince who is to come Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, And till the end of the war desolations are determined.

 

Daniel prophecies, Daniel 9:25, seven sevens ( or seven, seven year periods 7x7=49 Jerusalem was rebuilt) and then there will be 62-7’s, (62 seven year periods = 434 years).  49 years + 434 years = 483 years total.

 

 

From Daniels prophecy you would be able to count from the time the decree goes forth to the time Messiah presents Himself and is cut off.

 

It was Sir Robert Anderson the head investigator of Scotland at the time who wrote a book titled, “The Coming Prince” based on his investigation of the dates in question.  

 

First, there was a Commandment given in history.

 

On March 14, 445 B.C. Artexerses gave the command to go back and rebuild Jerusalem.

 

So if you take that date of 445 B.C. and go forward 483 years you should arrive at a specific date in human history.  

 

Sir Robert Anderson points out in his book.

Go forward 483 years, in precise numbers in his book

Not the Julian calendar 365 1/3 days per year.

The old Babylonian/ Jewish calendar has 360 days, a lunar year not a solar calendar year.

 

360 days in a year x 483 years = 173,880 days

 

173,880 days

 

He took March 14, 445 B.C. and counted 173,880 days forward which brought him to April 6, 32 A.D. which is the 10th of Nissan, which is also the exact day that Jesus came to the Mount of Olives got on a colt that was waiting there for Him and rode into Jerusalem to present Himself as King of the Jews according to the prophecy of Daniel and Zachariah.

 

Back to John’s Gospel…

 

John 12:16  “His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about Him and that they had done these things to Him.”

 

Verse 16: Up to this point the disciples didn’t get what Jesus was doing.  I can appreciate that…

 

But, when Jesus was glorified they remembered.

 

We don’t always get it on the first go round. Keep studying, keep seeking and you will find the truth.  

 

Your life will be secure when your life is governed by God’s Word.

 

We can have confidence in Jesus and what He promised to do.  

 

Scripture is more reliable than mans opinion



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