What Jesus Did! 'Clearly Praised for a Few Days' — John 12:12-13

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The next day, the news that Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem swept through the city. A large crowd of Passover visitors took palm branches and went down the road to meet him. They shouted, "Praise God! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hail to the King of Israel!"
— John 12:12-13 NLT
Illustration of John 12:12-13 NLT — "Praise God! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hail to the King of Israel!"

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 miss the peace he came to bring to us.

Today's Prayer

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.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Zechariah 9:9-12
  • Luke 13:34
  • Matthew 27:20-23

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.