Sunday, December 17, 2006

The Triumphal Entry

12 The next day the great crowd that had come for the Feast heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. 13 They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,
"Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!"
"Blessed is the King of Israel!" 14 Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it, as it is written,
15 "Do not be afraid, O Daughter of Zion;
see, your king is coming,
seated on a donkey's colt."

16At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that they had done these things to him.

The nice thing about a Bible you can pick up today is that when the New Testament makes a reference to the Old Testament, especially when a prophecy is being fulfilled, they give you the book, chapter and verse so you can look it up. Here they are referencing Psalm 118 and Zechariah 9.

17 Now the crowd that was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word. 18 Many people, because they had heard that he had given this miraculous sign, went out to meet him. 19 So the Pharisees said to one another, "See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him!"

It is usually the religious establishment that goes after Jesus the hardest. I get the most resistance to witnessing to people from those inside the church. Well, that is to say, those inside the walls of the church building. True followers of Christ continue to spread the word.

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