Jesus Acclaimed

We continued our series “The Passion” this past weekend at Eastbrook Church by looking at Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem from John 12:12-19. The focus of my message was Jesus as the King of the Nations that we need even in our world today.

You can listen to my message online at the Eastbrook web-site here. You can also subscribe to the Eastbrook podcast here or follow Eastbrook Church on Twitter.

Here is a slightly revised outline from the bulletin:

Jesus the King

  • More than a teacher
  • More than a prophet
  • Jewish backgrounds (1 Samuel 8; Deuteronomy 18:14-20)
  • He accepts what He previously resisted (John 6:14-15)

King Jesus and the Crowd (John 12:12-13)

  • The crowd’s deepest desire: a nationalistic ruler to reestablish Israel
  • Jesus’ clear intention: the King of a new type of kingdom
  • A deep divergence of goals
  • How Jesus is enthroned by the crowd (John 11:50; 12:3, 7, 13; 19:2, 5, 14, 15)

King Jesus and the Nations (John 12:14-15)

  • His new kingdom for all the nations
  • Zechariah 9:9-13 “He will proclaim peace to the nations…”
  • Jesus and the nations in John’s gospel:
    • The Samaritans’ declaration: “this man really is the Savior of the World” (John 4:42)
    • John’s comment on the High Priest’s wisdom (11:52)
    • “the whole has gone after him” (12:19)
    • The Greeks who want to see Jesus marks ‘the hour’ (12:20-23)
    • “when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all people to myself” (12:32)
    • Jesus and the nations in Revelation 7:9-10

Responding to King Jesus

  • The crowd went out to Him but turned against Him (12:12-13)
  • The disciples went with Him and later understood (12:16)
  • The Pharisees denounced Him and plotted against Him (12:19)

If Jesus is the King of the Nations, then…

  • His mission is a global mission
  • We must live as subjects of the King
  • Everywhere we go should become and outpost for the Kingdom
  • He is worthy to be worshiped

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