When Christ entered the gates of Jerusalem, He did so with authority, amidst confusion, and at the perfect time. From a 21st century perspective, Alistair Begg helps us see the big picture of God’s plan within the context of that 1st century crowd. As we think about Christ’s triumphal entry, we must refocus our lives in light of this King coming on a donkey, asking if we are ready to devote ourselves in service to Him.
12The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 13So 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!” 14And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written,
15“Fear not, daughter of Zion;
behold, your king is coming,
sitting on a donkey's colt!”
16His 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. 17The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to bear witness. 18The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign. 19So the Pharisees said to one another, “You see that you are gaining nothing. Look, the world has gone after him.”
It could be the plot for a movie: an oppressed nation is looking for a liberator, but there’s a plan in the works to kill him before he can act. An innocent man dies willingly for guilty men. People come back to life from the dead, and a body disappears. Centuries' worth of prophesies were about to be fulfilled, but not in the way anyone expected… and conspiracies and political intrigue surround it all.
By any measure, the final days of Christ’s life and the weeks and months immediately following his resurrection were filled with strange and perplexing events, themes, and ideas. If someone made up the story, we might accuse him of sensationalism, yet these historical events are at the turning point in redemptive history. In this series of messages, Alistair Begg explains how God used these strange ideas to accomplish His great plan to redeem mankind and reconcile us to Himself through Christ’s death and resurrection.
|Palm Sunday Perspective, Part One||Mark 11:1-11|
|Palm Sunday Perspective, Part Two||Mark 11:1-11|
|Your King on a Donkey||John 12:12-19|
|In Remembrance of Me||Luke 22:19|
|The Glory of the Cross||Galatians 1:4 Isaiah 53:1-12|
|An Impossible Assignment||Matthew 27:62-66|
|Some Strange Ideas||Acts 17:30|
|We Are All Witnesses||Acts 2:32|