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Wrong worship | John 12:12-15

12 On the next day, when the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13 they took the branches of the palm trees and went out to meet Him, and began shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, indeed, the King of Israel!” 14 Jesus, finding a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written: 15 “Do not fear, daughter of Zion; behold, your King is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.” 

John 12:12-15 (NASB)

Wrong worship

In the midst of all this (see yesterday), Jesus starts His long road to the cross… and Heaven. He enters Jerusalem and is welcomed, no, worshiped by the crowds; hailed as Messiah, the King of Israel. They’ve been looking for freedom from Roman oppression and a return to Israel’s glory days under King David and Solomon. Now they’ve seen Jesus’ amazing miracles and are drawn to Him. Their misguided understanding will lead them, a week later, to call for His crucifixion. It seemed they worshiped Jesus for less than what He was (very God) and even what He wasn’t (conqueror of the Romans).

Prophecy fulfilled

When we studied Zechariah 9:9-10, we discussed how this prophecy would have two fulfillings – the first is described here by John. Matthew records this prophecy fulfillment as well (Matthew 21:5). 

The second will be when He returns in the clouds (Revelation 1:7) as Zechariah 9:10 describes. “The second coming of Christ will be the return of Christ to fulfill these remaining prophecies. In His first coming, Jesus was the suffering Servant. In His second coming, Jesus will be the conquering King. [For] His first coming, Jesus arrived in the most humble of circumstances. In His second coming, Jesus will arrive with the armies of heaven at His side.” (enduringword.com)

Worship

How should we respond? Let us be awed at God’s omniscience – that He knows the beginning from the end (Revelation 21:6). Prophecy is no problem for Him, He just tells us what He already knows. No guessing or hoping; no doubting. Jesus, our Messiah, has come and will come again – with power and glory. He brought salvation at His first advent. He will bring peace and dominance at His second.

<- Reflection ->
  • How do we respond when we read these prophecies and their fulfillment? Do they move us to be amazed and worship?
  • Consider – are we worshiping Jesus for who He is not or, missing who He is?

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