King of the Jews – March 24, 2018
Introduction: Following Jesus -> John’s account of Palm Sunday and Good Friday
Big Idea: Jesus is the promised King of the Jews. He died so we may live.
Scripture: John 12:12-19, 18:33-38, 19:17-27 (CSB)
John 12:12-19 (CSB)
The next day, when the large crowd that had come to the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, they took palm branches and went out to meet him. They kept shouting:
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord—the King of Israel!”
Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written:
Do not be afraid,
Daughter Zion. Look, your King is coming,
sitting on a donkey’s colt.
His disciples did not understand these things at first. However, when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him and that they had done these things to him.
Meanwhile, the crowd, which had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead, continued to testify. This is also why the crowd met him, because they heard he had done this sign. Then the Pharisees said to one another, “You see? You’ve accomplished nothing. Look, the world has gone after him!”
Point One: The Triumphal Entry (12:12-19)
- Jesus rides into Jerusalem as a triumphant king who comes in peace (donkey vs. horse)
- The people wanted a political or military leader, but what they needed was a spiritual and moral Savior (Black Panther – what does it mean to be a good king?)
- The Pharisees felt threatened by the attention Jesus was getting (mercy and grace are threats to the status quo)
- If we are to follow Jesus, we must also follow His example of being people of peace and love
John 18:33-40 (CSB)
Then Pilate went back into the headquarters, summoned Jesus, and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?”
Jesus answered, “Are you asking this on your own, or have others told you about me?”
“I’m not a Jew, am I?” Pilate replied. “Your own nation and the chief priests handed you over to me. What have you done?”
“My kingdom is not of this world,” said Jesus. “If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would fight, so that I wouldn’t be handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.”
“You are a king then?” Pilate asked.
“You say that I’m a king,” Jesus replied. “I was born for this, and I have come into the world for this: to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”
“What is truth?” said Pilate.
After he had said this, he went out to the Jews again and told them, “I find no grounds for charging him. You have a custom that I release one prisoner to you at the Passover. So, do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?”
They shouted back, “Not this man, but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a revolutionary.
Point Two: Jesus Before Pilate (18:33-40)
- Pilate questions Jesus to determine whether or not He is a threat to Roman rule
- Jesus replies that His kingdom is not of this world (otherwise His followers would be fighting for His freedom)
- Pilate finds no fault in Jesus but does dismiss Him as a just another religious/philosophical teacher
- Pilate tries to set Jesus free, but the people reject Jesus as king and instead ask for Barabbas (the zealot) to be set free
John 19:17-27 (CSB)
Carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called Place of the Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. There they crucified him and two others with him, one on either side, with Jesus in the middle. Pilate also had a sign made and put on the cross. It said: Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews. Many of the Jews read this sign, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and it was written in Aramaic, Latin, and Greek. So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Don’t write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but that he said, ‘I am the King of the Jews.’”
Pilate replied, “What I have written, I have written.”
When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and divided them into four parts, a part for each soldier. They also took the tunic, which was seamless, woven in one piece from the top. So they said to one another, “Let’s not tear it, but cast lots for it, to see who gets it.” This happened that the Scripture might be fulfilled that says: They divided my clothes among themselves, and they cast lots for my clothing. This is what the soldiers did.
Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple he loved standing there, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.”Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.
Point Three: Jesus on the Cross (19:17-27)
- Jesus was crucified with an official proclamation that He was indeed the King of the Jews
- The chief priests were upset because they did not accept Him as the promised Messiah (the people who read this sign may have gone on to witness the resurrection)
- Everything that happened (including how the soldiers divided His belongings) was foretold by Scripture (this was God’s plan to save humanity from our sin)
- Before He died, Jesus entrusted the care of His mother to John (this redefines how we are to look at family – brothers and sisters in Christ)
- How can we better show the world that we are people of peace?
- What is truth? How do we share that truth with others?
- In what ways can we honor Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross? (treating each other as family)