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March 4, 2021 8:00 am
God has an encouraging word for you and me today.
The Bible-based preaching of Dr. Don Wilton and the message of the triumphant today with any opening God's word to the book of John chapter 12 and as we do so were open to pray with you at 866-899-WORD 866-899-WORD 9673 now Dr. Don Wilton like a copy of God's word and turn with us. John's gospel chapter 12 subject this morning involves a life changing event one of the most significant events in all of history that is ever occurred. I have entitled message. The triumphal entry. The triumphal entry going to read in John chapter 12 beginning at verse 12.
The Bible says that the next day the great crowd that had come for the feast heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took out palm branches and they went out to meet him shopping. Hosanna blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord Blessed is the king of Israel. Jesus found a young donkey and he sat upon it for as it is written in Zechariah 9 do not be afraid of the daughter of Zion see your King is coming seated on a donkey's colt at first his disciples did not understand all of this only after Jesus was glorified. Did they realize that these things had been written about the and that they had done these things to him now. The crowd that was with him when he called Lazarus from the two and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word. As a result, 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 off to him by the Lord righties word upon our hearts this morning. The triumphal entry. It seems rather significant.
Don't you think that Jesus was rejected despite the things that he had done publicly and privately for mankind's consumption.
We don't have the time this morning, but if you go back into John chapter 2, and you begin to look at Jesus turning the water into the one if you go back and see what happened as he claims the tape if you go back and study in Luke chapter 6 how that he fed the 5000, how that he healed the nobleman's son, how that he healed the man at the pool of Bethesda. If you get up into the preceding chapters we've already discovered in John chapter 11 and we saw this remarkable account how they Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. It seems rather significant God you think rather sad and yet not altogether surprising that people began to rejecting Jesus had been rejected despite his public and private demonstration of his power. Then in John chapter 12 the first 10 verses we noticed that there was a very special gathering that Took Pl. in Jesus in all of his glory manifested his presence at the table and in the midst but from verse 12 and following, we going to find recorded thrust one of the most significant events that have ever been recorded that has most far-reaching implications for every person, man, woman and boy and go throughout the ages of antiquity and into the time to come but we going to discover a very important thing that is that people not only rejected Jesus Christ. Despite the fact that he had manifested his power we going to begin to discover that people rejected Jesus Christ despite the fulfillment of prophecy and something remarkable happened here in John chapter 12 and beginning at verse 12. I'm going to submit to you today beloved friends that this was no ordinary event that took place in the life of the Lord Jesus Christ. As we begin this wonderful march down the highway to the cross, the beer Delarosa.
Let's look very briefly at this triumphant event and let's try and understand what it is that God would have us to apply into the annals of our own hearts and our own beings.
This event number one happened on the perfect date. Let's note that to give number one this event. This triumphal entry of the Lord Jesus Christ number one. It happened on the perfect date. Historians tell us that most of the Jewish world would've circled this date on the calendar. In fact, Josephus, one of my favorite historians made note of the fact that it was the Sanhedrin, the governing religious authority, they would've had almost account down if you please. Much like we do toward Thanksgiving and Christmas. They would've had a countdown to this unbelievable event on the religious calendar. But the most striking fact about the relevancy of this particular event.
My friend was that hundred and 83 years before it took place.
It was foretold of by the prophet Daniel I want you to currently with me. Everybody turn back into the book of Daniel.
That's in the Old Testament. For those of you that are struggling this morning turn back with me into the book of Daniel chapter 9 book of Daniel chapter 9 and verses 24 and falling. Listen to what what the Bible tells us about this prophetic.
This prophecy full hundred and 83 years before Jesus entered Jerusalem. Listen to what the prophet said Daniel chapter 9 beginning at verse 2470 weeks are decreed for your people and for your holy city to do what to finish transgression number two to put an end to sin, number three, to atone for wickedness number four to bring in everlasting righteousness. Number five, to seal up vision and prophecy, and number six. Can you believe this.
Daniel said this 483 years to anoint the most holy one. But he doesn't believe it. Verse 25.
No one understand the prophet said from the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the anointed one, the ruler, comes, there will be seven sevens and 62 savers which I had time to get in all the details with you. It will be reboot with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. Verse 26 is very key because verse 26 is the prophecy related directly to the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ after the 62 sevens the anointed one will be cut off and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood wall will continue until the end and desolation have been decreed. What was Daniel doing here, Daniel, my beloved friends, ladies and gentlemen was dividing prophecy into three periods.
That's what he was doing and I'm going to show you how very significant this event and this date was very briefly we cannot do a complete justice.
Obviously this prophecy is divided into three periods number one the first.
Took the Jews to the end of the Old Testament. It starts in 445 BC, that is before Christ went in the 20th year of his reign, King Artaxerxes. Imagine having an iMac at King Artaxerxes decreed that the prophet Nehemiah could go back to Jerusalem and he could read the walls of Jerusalem.
You can read about that in Nehemiah chapter 2 and verses one through life.
This marked the first. Of prophecy, according to the prophet Daniel number two the second. This took the Jews down through what was known as the silent century, Squire the silent centuries.
According to history is the period known as the inter-taste of mantle.
The silent centuries are known as the inter-testament will.
And according to the prophet Daniel this. Took the Jews marching down through the silent centuries. The inter-testament will. To the time. Listen when the Messiah according to verse 26 would be capital and the beginning of the cutting off would be more by Christ's triumphant return. Number three. Number three. Number three swayed in the balance that widened its way and the balance because trains according to Scripture, there was an apparent contradiction and a confusion between the prophecy of Kyra fasting Chapter 11 who said that Jesus had to die for the whole nation rather than the whole nation be destroyed and what actually took place six days later when Jesus was crucified. What happened there. Well you see the crowds accepted Jesus Christ.
If we talking about is because it didn't happen if the authorities had accepted Jesus Christ. What would've happened will number one. The Romans would've crucified Jesus. There's no doubt about number two. The Romans would've signed a peace treaty with the Jews. There is no doubt about that because this man would've paid the price. Number three. The Romans would've broken Troops and would've introduced a period of tribulation and unprecedented.
Of tribulation upon people and number for the period of tribulation would've only come to an end by the magnificent return of the Messiah coming back in his glory to receive design unto himself, but it didn't happen exactly that way.
Why it's at this point that the church age is interjected into the prophecy of God by the mind and by the hand of Almighty God.
It was the Jewish people who interrupted man's overflow of man's design for the Parkway in which God had destine people to march down why the Jews interruptus for a very simple reason that I did not reprint the Jews despised Jesus, they rejected him. Despite his public and private demonstration of the spa, the Jews were the ones who denied the bodily resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. It was the Jews. My friends who denied even the outpouring of the Spirit of God. At Pentecost which comes later on in the acts of the apostle so it was the Jews. My friends who brought about the final consummation or the act of prophecy born in the heartbeat of Daniel's prophecy back for hundred and 83 years before the fact. And so what happened to Caiaphas and what he said in Chapter 11. Yes what happened folks Kyra fasting everything he said happened exactly as he said it would happen. In fact, we are told by historians and we know it for a fact of history that it was within that same generation that the Jews incurred in the rock of the Romans and by flapping the city and they burned it down and they scattered the Jews in the Diaspora from north to south and east to west, and I'm going to submit to you today 11 frames that if we can understand this triumphal entry. We must understand that this event happened on the perfect date but not in the second place that this event was accompanied by the profoundest price it was accompanied by the profoundest price something happened yet.
The Bible says they took in verse 13 of John, chapter 12, they took palm branches and they went out to meet him shocking rather interesting going to think there are two significant things related to these people sprites. One was the palm branches that we read about the second was the content of their price. How do we understand the significance of this event. We bought a look at the profound praise that accompanied this event while the palm branches you'd say to me today Dr. Wilton.
What in the world. Does that mean what are we going to understand why palm branches are significant. We've got to go all the way back to the Maccabees folks are not talking about the Maccabees from Roebuck now I know that Ricky McAbee would love to take credit for this. It's just not on we going back centuries to the time of the Maccabees do not. Historians tell us they saying that the Maccabees every time that there was a significant event in the life of people. Guess what they would do. They would get out palm branches because the palm branches would signify victory and great ecstatic joy if we going to understand the palm branches we got to go back to 164 BC before Christ, and we go to understand that the Jews celebrated the rededication of the Temple by waving palm branches. We go to understanding 141 BC five years earlier. Five years later than that. The Bible tells us that the Jews gained full independence under the leadership of Simon and the throngs came running out onto the streets waving, you guessed it, palm branches, if we going to understand the significance of this profound praise and of this event. We got to go back to a D 66 to 70. Why, because of the war against the Romans, the Jews went ecstatic waving palm branches. We've got to go back to 8032 through 35 with that incredible rule on the barcode that incredible leader and the victories that would gain and sustain. There was something very interesting about the war, led by barcode bar in A.D. 32 you know it was when they won the victory. They celebrated by taking the coins they value movement, blackout quarters and dimes and nickels and they stamped by decree palm stamps into those coins to commemorate the victory and the ecstatic joy of barcode bar and the wolves that had been one. What's the difference. The other Messiah had won the victory. The other Messiah was representing everything that these people thought it was the great messianic expectation these people in the human limitation. They believe that Jesus Christ was the coming Messiah who, by his power coming on a warhorse dressed up to two was going to be able to remove and erase the dreaded and let hatred Roman oppression so they came out the second significant event was the content of the praise they were two words that use the first one was hosanna hosanna is a wonderful word require I've heard you sing it with such pounding on hosanna means it means save us now, that's what it means. In fact, I'm going to suggest to you that these people back then were the first instant coffee generation. They were there is no doubt about it, they just like we are in 1995. I mean we drive up to check for life we go out to the beacon and we say we want right now and we wanted aplenty to and I mean we get to the plaintiff. I mean it comes and it is the most wonderful thing but we wanted. Now that's why we love the beacon and that's why we love going to Chick-fil-A we wanted. Now, clearly not generation and these people were tired of their oppression. They were tired of being maced around by the Romans, they would try to play they would try their slavery and I said hosanna save us now now now we going away to. We wanted what hosanna means they took this one step further by Sid Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, you see that word blessed has equal significance in the profound praise my frame the word blessed doesn't mean everybody stand up and give a call. Great smile like we are accustomed to new on the word blessed in the biblical context. My friends means that these people were expressing total and complete joy and content meant with thanksgiving in the completeness of everything that this person, the Christ represented to them and for them concerning their delivery from the oppression of the Roman by our submit to you today. This triumphal entry. This event can only be understood my friends in terms of the fact that this event happened on the perfect date number two. This event was accompanied by the profoundest praise but number three this event was carried by a most unusual procession not think we all got agree on this one.
It was accompanied by the most unusual procession you see these people looked up expecting the King of Kings to come riding in on his warhorse already as they sort of thought that this was going to be the bearer. The best version of Caesar that they've ever seen in their lives before they believe that this man was going to come in. Drastic to that he was going to have bows and arrows he was going to have an army. He was going to have foot soldiers he was going to have 10 commanders coming in behind them with their weapons drawn. He believed he was going to have battalions of Scott's who understood the meaning of self-discipline, duty and dedication and loyalty to the course. They believe that this man was going to epitomize the very best of the very best as far as delivery was concerned in horror upon horrors he came riding on the back of he came riding on the back of a donkey. You see this same Jesus my frame was sending a statement onto the world. He was saying.
I'm not a prince of the Royal monarchy in Monaco in Eastern Europe. He was saying. I'm not one of the British Royal family in Buckingham palace.
He was saying today.
I'm not one who is just being elevated to the luxury of the White House in the presidency of the United States of America say I'm not just an ordinary ruler. I'm just not an ordinary man coming in and all my elected power and glory.
He said I'm no elected official. I'm not a person who's coming and according to the standards which are saved by man. I'm the King of Kings. I'm the Savior of the world.
I'm the Messiah I'm the son of God and the Bible says the was Christ Jesus reconciling the world to himself, your listing to Dr. Don Wilton our teacher here on The Encouraging Word and he'll be back with the rest of today's message of the triumphal entry in just a moment he want you to know we're here for you to pray with you and for you at 866899 word the number down and storing yourself, 866-899-9673 would love to speak with you pray when you connect with resources rather go keyboard to keyboard will email us at firstname.lastname@example.org you. That's TW online.org now back today's great teaching with Dr. Don Wilton yes, this event happened on a perfect date, this event was accompanied by the profoundest praise. This event was carried by most unusual procession, but I want you to note in the fourth place that this event was announced by a Bible prophet. You see, there was not any Daniel but I want you to turn back very quickly to the book of Zechariah. That's a book in the Old Testament book of Zechariah chapter 9 Zechariah chapter 9 looking up with me folks trimming term.
It's important to look at you, Mark, take a little while to find it but turned it in the book of Zechariah right near the end of the Old Testament just before, Matthew just have a look at it there with me. The book of Zechariah chapter 9 listen to what the Bible prophet said from verse nine rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion shark culture of Jerusalem. See your King, your King comes to you, righteous, and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey is not incredible on a cold foal of a donkey now look what happens in verse 10, I will take away the chariots from the frame and the warhorses from Jerusalem and the backing boat will be broken. You get up there is the tremendous mindset of the people of these other things normally and ordinarily associated with a coming Messiah to deliver them on the battlefield, he will proclaim peace to the nations.
He will these rules will extend from sea to sea and from the river to the ends of the earth. What is the prophet Zechariah during what he's doing two things.
First of all, he's prophesying concerning who and he says three things about the of the triumphal event number one that he's a king number two that he is the righteous one. And number three that is going to come riding on a donkey. That's what he says about the group of the triumphal entry of the Lord Jesus Christ.
But then he wants is the Mitnick's most important question. What's he going to do what is the going to do what is this all about. It's right there in the Scripture number one he's going to end hostility you see here we have the beginnings of the system of reconciliation. Everything that God is number two is going to proclaim peace.
According to the word of God. In verse 10 of Zechariah chapter 9 he's going to proclaim peace.
Why was he going to proclaim peace on what basis is he gonna proclaim peace on what authority is he gonna proclaim free simply because he is peace.
He is the Prince of peace.
That's why this one coming riding in a dog on a donkey. He is the Prince of peace. What is he doing sending hostility number two E. proclaiming peace and number three he's going to establish his room. These heavenly rule upon this earth. I'm going to submit to you today beloved friends will never understand the triumphal entry of the Lord Jesus Christ into Jerusalem. We will never understand these unbelievable earth shattering timeless footsteps down the highway to the cross. Unless we understand that this event happened on the perfect date it was accompanied by the profoundest praise it was carried by an unusual procession, it was announced by Bible prophet, but I want you to notice that it was also surrounded by a diverse group of people. It was surrounded by a diverse group of people. The Bible tells us my friend that at this triumphal entry that crowds converged with each other powerful teaching from Dr. Wilton about the Scripture, but I pray that you would open your heart to what Dr. Don Wilton share next as he comes in the studio with each of us on are you ready to give your heart and life to the Lord Jesus Christ. Why don't you pray this prayer with me right now. Dear God, I know that Arneson and I know that Jesus died for me on the cross today.
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