The Coming of the King (John 12:12-19)

Sermons JohnOn Sunday, January 3, 2016, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “The Coming of the King” from John 12:12-19.

Jesus Christ was greeted like royalty, but in time he will be crucified in the place of sinners like you and me.

1. Palm Sunday
“The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, ‘Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!’”

The King came to conquer the hearts of his people, not to overthrow Roman oppression.

2. The King Rides In
“And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written, ‘Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!”’ His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him and had been done to him.” (John 12:14-16 ESV)

Prophecies of the Messianic Kingdom were fulfilled in spiritual rather than earthly terms.

3. Continuing Witness
“The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to bear witness. The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign. So the Pharisees said to one another, ‘You see that you are gaining nothing. Look, the world has gone after him.’” (John 12:17-19 ESV)

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