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Clearly Praised for a few Days - John 12:12-13

The next day the people in Jerusalem heard that Jesus was coming there. These were the many people that had come to the Passover festival. The people took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Jesus. The people shouted, "'Praise Him! Welcome! God bless the One that comes in the name of the Lord!' God bless the King of Israel!" (ERV) Full Text

Key Thought

The people hope Jesus is their conquering savior sent to deliver them from the Romans. They hail him as the great King David's heir. Jesus, however, identifies with the servant and peaceful Savior of Zechariah's prophecy. He comes as a peacemaker, not as a warrior on a conquest. When he refuses to be the conqueror and submits to arrest and torture, the crowds who hailed him one week earlier are gone and the crowd that cries, "Crucify him!" replaces them. If Jesus is to be our Savior, he must also be our Lord. We come to him on his terms or we miss him and we miss the peace he came to bring to us.


Today's Prayer

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Holy God, my Abba Father, thank you for sending Jesus to be our mighty Savior and humble Servant King. Help me understand all that this means and empower me to follow him no matter the cost. In Jesus' mighty name I pray. Amen.


Today's Verses in Context


Six days before the Passover festival, Jesus went to Bethany. Bethany is the town where Lazarus lived. (Lazarus is the man Jesus raised from death.) In Bethany they had a dinner for Jesus. Martha served the food. Lazarus was one of the people eating with Jesus. Mary brought in a pint of very expensive perfume made from pure nard. Mary poured the perfume on Jesus' feet. Then she wiped his feet with her hair. And the sweet smell from the perfume filled the whole house. Judas Iscariot was there. Judas was one of Jesus' followers. (He was the one that would later be against Jesus.) {Judas did not like what Mary did.} Judas said, "That perfume was worth 300 silver coins. It should have been sold, and the money should have been given to the poor people." But Judas did not really care about poor people. Judas said this because he was a thief. Judas was the one that kept the money box {for the group of followers}. And Judas often stole money from the box. Jesus answered, "Don't stop her. It was right for her to save this perfume for today—the day for me to be prepared for burial. The poor people will always be with you. But you will not always have me." Many of the Jews heard that Jesus was in Bethany. So they went there to see Jesus. They also went there to see Lazarus. Lazarus was the one Jesus raised from death. So the leading priests made plans to kill Lazarus too. Because of Lazarus, many Jews were leaving {their leaders} and believing in Jesus. That is why the Jewish leaders wanted to kill Lazarus too. The next day the people in Jerusalem heard that Jesus was coming there. These were the many people that had come to the Passover festival. The people took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Jesus. The people shouted, "'Praise Him! Welcome! God bless the One that comes in the name of the Lord!' God bless the King of Israel!" Jesus found a donkey and rode on it. This was like the Scripture says: "Do not be afraid, city of Zion ! Look! Your king is coming. He isriding on a young donkey." The followers of Jesus did not understand at that time what was happening. But after Jesus was raised to glory, they understood that these things were written about him. Then the followers remembered that they had done these things for him. There were many people with Jesus when he raised Lazarus from death and told him to come out of the tomb. Now those people were telling other people about what Jesus did. Many people went out to meet Jesus, because they heard that Jesus did this miracle. So the Pharisees said to each other, "Look! Our plan is not working. All the people are following him!"

John 12:1-19 (ERV)

 

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City of Zion, rejoice! People of Jerusalem, shout with joy! Look, your king is coming to you! He is the good king that won the victory. But he is humble. He is riding on a donkey, on a young donkey born from a work animal. The king says, "I destroyed the chariots in Ephraim and the horse soldiers in Jerusalem. I destroyed the bows used in war." {That king} will bring news of peace to the nations. He will rule from sea to sea, from the {Euphrates} River to all the faraway places on earth. Jerusalem, we used blood to seal your Agreement. So I am setting your people free from that empty hole in the ground. Prisoners, go home! Now you have something to hope for. I am telling you now, I am coming back to you!Zechariah 9:9-12 (ERV)

"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem! You kill the prophets. You kill with rocks those men that God has sent you. Many, many times I wanted to help your people. I wanted to gather your people together like a hen gathers her chicks under her wings. But you did not let me.Luke 13:34 (ERV)

Matthew 2720:-23 (ERV)

 

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