John Lesson 16 Day 3

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John Lesson 16 Day 3

The crowd greets Jesus as a coming King.

John 12:12-22

Parallel passages — Matthew 21:1-16; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:29-46

7. a. Old Testament prophecies fulfilled

The large crowd came to Jerusalem for the most important feast holiday of Judaism—Passover.

Everyone came with a lamb to sacrifice. So the city was filled with lambs. “Josephus, the Jewish historian, tells us that one year a census was taken of the number of lambs slain for Passover and that figure was 256,500. In other words, with numbers this large, lambs must literally be driven up to Jerusalem throughout the entire day. Consequently, whenever Jesus entered the city He must have done so surrounded by lambs, Himself being the greatest of lambs.” (Boice)

Psalm 118:25-26

The crowd formed a procession around Jesus as He rode the donkey escorting Him into Jerusalem while shouting—

“Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord;
We have blessed you from the house of the Lord [you who come into His sanctuary under His guardianship].”

Zechariah 9:9 (MSG)

“Shout and cheer, Daughter Zion!
    Raise the roof, Daughter Jerusalem!
Your king is coming!
    a good king who makes all things right,
    a humble king riding a donkey,
    a mere colt of a donkey.

b. Jesus, the crowds, and the young donkey fulfilled this amazingly specific prophecy in every detail.

The people shouted and cheered paying homage to Jesus, and recognizing Him as their King.

Guzik writes that this “was like a patriotic parade. Palm branches were a symbol of Jewish nationalism since the time of the Maccabees. The crowd looked to Jesus as a political and national savior, but not so much as a spiritual savior.”

“Colt” means young and unbroken, yet the colt carries Jesus in the procession. This supernatural event confirms the prophecy and Jesus’ deity.

c. Prophecy fulfilled confirms the word of God

“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God..” 2 Corinthians 1:20 NIV

The number of prophecies Jesus’ fulfilled would be impossible to fabricate.

8. Different groups of people who followed Jesus into Jerusalem

John 12:17-22

  • Jews who heard Jesus was back in town and wanted to get a look at Lazarus (John 12:9)
  • The huge crowd of visitors in Jerusalem for the Passover feast (John 12:12)
  • Many who saw Jesus call Lazarus from the tomb (John 12:17)
  • Some Greeks (Gentiles who came to worship at the feast) (John 12:20)

9. Worshiping my King of Glory

Worship for me usually involves music. I thought of several songs based on Psalm 24:8-10.


My answers to BSF Bible study questions on John Lesson 16 Day 3 ~ John 12:12-22

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