Pastor Barry/ The Gathering Church All Things New Series #2 “Hosanna!”
Just The Right Time John 11:53-57, 12:1-3, 7-11, 12-13, 16-19
Once the Sanhedrin (an assembly of Rabbis acting as a court of law) met to discuss Lazarus’ resurrection from the dead, Jesus no longer moved about publicly because they plotted to kill Him (John 11:53). Jesus and His disciples went to a small village in the wilderness called Ephraim. They stayed there in hiding for about six weeks until it was almost time for the Jewish Passover (John 11:55). As the crowd was gathering in Jerusalem for the Passover feast, the pilgrims were wondering if Jesus would attend the feast even though his life was in danger. Popular opinion among the people was in His favor, but the religious authorities made it clear that He must be arrested (John 11: 56-57). Jesus wasn’t in hiding because He was afraid. Jesus was in hiding so that He would be right on time to fulfill ancient prophecy.
Six days before Passover Jesus and His disciples came to Bethany to have a dinner with Mary, Martha and Lazarus (whom He had raised from the dead). As they reclined at the table Mary poured an expensive perfume on Jesus’ feet and wiped them with her hair (John 12:1-3). Judas rebuked her for this act but Jesus saw it as an act of love for His upcoming burial (John 12:7-8). Meanwhile a crowd grew outside of the house because they heard that Jesus and Lazarus were inside. The next day the crowd would be even bigger and word that Jesus would be going into Jerusalem had spread all the way into that great city. The streets everywhere were full of people on their way to the annual Passover festival. As Jesus left the house to get on His way many people went out to meet Him. They had palm branches ( an emblem of praise for a king) and were shouting out “Hosanna!” (Save us!) “Blessed is the king of Israel! The disciples did not understand all of this, but Jesus knew exactly what was happening. He was right on time.
Prophecy Matthew 21:1-9, Zechariah 9:9,14:3-4, Luke 19:40-44, Ezekiel 44:1-3
Jesus sent two of His disciples ahead to get a colt (male donkey) and they found it along with its mother just as Jesus instructed. The animals were there right on time to fulfill the prophecy of Zachariah (Zachariah 9:9) written 500 years earlier . Jesus rode upon that colt which had never been ridden (Luke 19:30, 35) through the Eastern Gate into Jerusalem. That original gate was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD which fulfilled another prophecy given by Jesus on that Palm Sunday recorded in Luke 19:40-44. The actual gate that Jesus entered lies beneath the current gate which was built in the 6th century. It was sealed by the Muslim conqueror Ottoman Sultan Suleiman I in 1541 to insure against another Biblical prophecy that the Jewish Messiah will enter from it when He comes again (Zechariah 14:3-4, Ezekiel 44:1-3). Sealing the gate actually partially fulfills the prophecy. For it says it will remain shut until “the Prince” himself enters it. I am sure that Yeshua Hamashiach (Ye-shoo-ah ham-mah-SHEE-akh: Jesus the anointed one) will bring fulfillment to that prophecy as well!
All Things New Exodus 12:3,12-14, John 1:29, Revelation 3:20,
Sixteen years before the birth of Jesus king Herod began building the great Temple complex. It would not be finished for 80 years (under construction throughout Jesus’ earthly life [John 2:20] and destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D.) but Herod and the Jewish religious authorities agreed that the sacrificial rituals & offerings were to be continued throughout the entire time of construction. It was at this time that the Passover ritual was restored. Throughout Jesus’ childhood, Joseph would have taken a lamb to that Temple to be inspected for his family sacrifice every year at Passover. As a young man, Jesus, the oldest male, would have done the same for His widowed mother and family. Instructions for the sacrifice and ceremony had been given to the Jews and recorded in Exodus 12:1-30. Passover had always been done in the same way and at the same time every year, but Jesus would change that forever. He would make all things new by becoming the final “sacrificial lamb” of the Passover.
The celebration of Passover was and is to remind the Jews of their deliverance from Egyptian slavery, but it was done with the blood of a lamb. On the tenth day of Nissan (the first month of the Jewish calendar) the leader of each family was to select an unblemished male lamb to sacrifice. That lamb was to be inspected and approved as a worthy offering before the sacrifice four days later. The blood of that lamb was then applied above and on both sides of the door. At night, when the angel of death came to judge all of Egypt, the homes with the sacrificial blood applied were passed over. After this judgment Pharaoh let God’s people leave Egypt and they journeyed to the Promised Land (Israel).
The day that Jesus rode that donkey colt through the Eastern gate and into the Temple complex was the tenth day of Nissan: the priestly inspection day for the sacrificial lambs. We can recall John the Baptist saying at the onset of Jesus’ ministry “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29). !” Jesus, the perfect Lamb of God came riding on a beast of burden to carry the wrath against our sin. He came to be the “Passover” sacrifice for our sin. He stands at the door of our hearts and knocks (Revelation 3:20). Have you placed His blood on the door of your heart?
Now! 2 Corinthians 6:2, John 19:4-7
The people that day shouted “Hosanna!” which means “save us now!” The scriptures say that “now is the day of salvation”(2 Corinthians 6:2). Jesus wept for Jerusalem because they “did not recognize the time of God’s coming to them” (Luke 19:41-44). Salvation is offered now, tomorrow could very well be too late.
We read in scripture that for four days Jesus (the perfect Lamb) was examined by the authorities and religious leaders. They could find no fault in Him (the unblemished Lamb) “No basis for a charge”-except that He claimed to be the Son of God (John 19:4-7). On the 14th day of Nisan, as all the Passover Lambs were being sacrificed, Jesus died on a cross for you and me…It was finished (John 19:30). “Hosanna in the highest!”. He offers to “save now!” He is mighty to save!