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December 25: Jesus as Our King (John 12:12-19)

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Adult Education and Sunday School

We will not be having Sunday School for children or adults on December 25 or January 1. Adult Education and Sunday School will resume on January 8.

John 12:12-19

[12] The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. [13] So 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!” [14] And 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!”

[16] His 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. [17] The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to bear witness. [18] The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign. [19] So the Pharisees said to one another, “You see that you are gaining nothing. Look, the world has gone after him.”

Sermon Summary

Over these past weeks in Advent, we have been encouraged to see Jesus as our friend, our shepherd, and our servant. For this last Sunday, we see how Jesus came to be our King. While the coming of a king was not a new thought for the people of Israel, the type of kingship brought by Jesus was unexpected. Consider Jesus' entry into the capital to claim his throne and the various responses to him.

Review and Apply

How does Jesus reveal his kingship to the people through the unique manner in which he enters into Jerusalem?

What is the purpose of him sitting on a donkey?

How does the miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead figure into his announcement of his kingship?

How did the people initially receive Jesus he entered Jerusalem? What is right and wrong about it?

How is Jesus' kingship revealed in your life?

What areas of life do you struggle to submit to his rule and reign (Finances, work, relationships, goals, etc.)? Why?

What promises of Jesus can help you walk in obedience to him?