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The Gospel of John 12:12-19 (The significance of Palm Sunday)


 

We now come to Palm Sunday John 12:12-19

The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. 13 They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,

“Hosanna!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Blessed is the king of Israel!”

14 Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written:

15 “Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion;
    see, your king is coming,
    seated on a donkey’s colt.”

16 At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that these things had been done to him.

17 Now the crowd that was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word. 18 Many people, because they had heard that he had performed this sign, went out to meet him. 19 So the Pharisees said to one another, “See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him!”

Questions for discussion:

  1. Why did Jesus ride into Jerusalem on a donkey and not a horse?
  2. What does the word “Hosanna” mean?
  3. Do you look at Jesus as a King or a friend?



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Rick says May 16, 2024

Rick’s thoughts:

1. Why did Jesus ride into Jerusalem on a donkey and not a horse?
In Jewish (and maybe other traditions), a king who rides in on a horse is a king engaged in battle. A king who rides in a donkey (or mule) is a king who approaches in peace. We see this in the story of Solomon being ordained king by David, Zadok, the priest, and Nathan the prophet, “he said to them: “Take your lord’s servants with you and have Solomon my son mount my own mule and take him down to Gihon. There Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet are to anoint him king over Israel. You are to blow the ram’s horn and declare, ‘Long live King Solomon!’” (1 Kings 1:33-34). Another reason is that Jesus fulfilled a prophecy, “Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” (Zechariah 9:9)

2. What does the word “Hosanna” mean?
Hosanna is a Hebrew expression meaning “Save!” which became an exclamation of praise.

3. Do you look at Jesus as a King or a friend?
Jesus is the ultimate King, the Servant King. However, I could talk to Jesus as a friend, though I worship him. Jesus even called his Apostle brethren (brothers).
“Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God. ‘ ” (John 20:17).

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