The King of the Jews
Book of John Chapter 12
How do we know Christ will be King of the Jews and King of this world?
Psa 2:6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
Psa 2:7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
Psa 2:8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
Because God said so!
Psa 24:7 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
Psa 24:8 Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.
Psa 24:9 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
Psa 24:10 Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.
Over and over again the Bible says so.
Isa 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Isa 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
This day comes after the Rapture and the Rapture of the Church is the next thing on God’s agenda!
Zec 14:9 And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.
*****Joh 12:12 On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,
Our story begins with Jesus returning to Jerusalem for the last time.
He had fellowship with Martha, Mary, and Lazarus who the Lord had raised from the dead.
Mary had anointed the head of Jesus as preparing Him for His death.
Judas had shown his true colors over the money.
And we know the poor will always be with us, so we will always have someone to help.
The Chief Priest had decided that not only would they kill Jesus, but they would also kill Lazarus because he drew a large crowd of onlookers.
Many of those that had been at Mary’s and Martha’s house decided to go to Jerusalem with the Lord.
Of course this would be the last Feast of the Passover that Jesus would observe, and the Lord began this trip on Sunday.
Many had come to Jerusalem for this feast and many more had come because they had heard Jesus would be there.
The Jewish historian Josephus estimated that over 2 million people came to this Passover. it is known that at least 256,000 lambs were sacrificed at this Passover and each lamb represented at least 10 people who were cleansed of their sin for one more year.
Many Gentiles were there also.
We should understand that all these things were known of the prophets and were told to the Jews throughout their many generations.
Mat 21:4 All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,
Mat 21:5 Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.
*****Joh 12:13 Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.
These palm branches were a symbol of victory and we certainly have victory in Jesus but for the Jews it was not time. We should also understand that this was a command of the Lord for this particular feast.
Lev 23:40 And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God seven days.
That word Hosanna means “save now Lord, save me now”.
Even through all these things, Jesus was not considered to be the Messiah, but it was OK if Jesus would come as the King if He could take away the tyranny of Rome.
We must understand that Jesus would never come to be the Conqueror nor to straighten out the problems on this earth!
Jesus did not come to be the Provider, to feed, to house, and to give good health!
Jesus did not come to accept all mankind, no matter what each man does!
Jesus did not come so men could continue to do as they please!
Jesus came to save a world that was lost in its own sin!
Jesus came to reconcile all sinners back to God!
Jesus came to teach us that God is Holy, God is righteous, and God is pure, and this is the only way God will accept us into His household. Only by Jesus the Christ!
The truth is most of mankind are not interested in being set free from their sin.
We all hold on to our sin like it is the most important thing we can do even when it is destroying us and our families!
*****Joh 12:14 And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written,
Joh 12:15 Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass’s colt.
There is a great story about this young colt:
Luk 19:29 And it came to pass, when he was come nigh to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount called the mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples,
Luk 19:30 Saying, Go ye into the village over against you; in the which at your entering ye shall find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat: loose him, and bring him hither.
Luk 19:31 And if any man ask you, Why do ye loose him? thus shall ye say unto him, Because the Lord hath need of him.
Luk 19:32 And they that were sent went their way, and found even as he had said unto them.
Luk 19:33 And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said unto them, Why loose ye the colt?
Luk 19:34 And they said, The Lord hath need of him.
Luk 19:35 And they brought him to Jesus: and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon.
Luk 19:36 And as he went, they spread their clothes in the way.
Riding this young colt that had never been ridden tells us a lot about Jesus.
1) He surely had control of all animals.
2) The colt is a noble animal and it was used by Kings and their emissaries, to symbolize that they came not to conquer but they came in peace.
They were showing that they had peaceful intentions.
Jesus is certainly the promised King but first He as the Messiah was coming as the Savior and truly peaceful intentions.
We see that God is a God of love and reconciliation.
These people should have seen this also, but they were too blind to see!
Col 1:19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
Col 1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
3) Just as a colt is used to serve and carry the burdens of mankind, Jesus came to serve His Father and carry the burdens of all who will believe upon Him.
Mat 20:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
4) This colt, that had never been ridden, was also a symbol of sacredness.
Animals and other things that were used in the Jewish system of worship, had to be animals that had never been used in any sort of labor before.
Num 19:2 This is the ordinance of the law which the LORD hath commanded, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring thee a red heifer without spot, wherein is no blemish, and upon which never came yoke:
Jesus Christ is that Sacred Hope for all people, the Messiah promised of God!
Joh 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
Joh 11:26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
Joh 11:27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.
Even the chosen 12 could not grasp the meaning of these things at this time.
*****Joh 12:16 These things understood not his disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him.
Not until the Lord had resurrected from that grave did the chosen 12, well maybe just the 11, because Judas had taken his own life, begin to understand these things that Jesus had taught them.
It is a wonderful thing to wake up to the fact that God has used you to help someone else to realize the truth of God!
This is what the Holy Spirit will do once He enters into the “Born Again” believer!
As we read and study the Scriptures the Holy Spirit will show us the meaning of those Scriptures and bring them to our attention in that hour of need.
Joh 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
In fact since the recorded death of Christ Jesus and the known resurrection of Christ Jesus, no one can have an excuse for not understanding the mission of Jesus Christ and yes, He will return to this earth to complete His mission!
If the Holy Spirit abides in you, you will understand these things!
If we remember these same disciples who became the Apostles were of no use to the Church until they became filled with the Holy Spirit at that Pentecost that followed the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
So what is the truth of the death of our Lord?
*****Joh 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
One seed properly planted will yield a great quantity of that same seed. That seed had to die in order to do this thing.
It is the same with the death of our Savior. Christ Jesus had to die before He could produce the many followers who are called Christ or like Christ Jesus.
It’s important that we understand that Jesus had to die but He also had to resurrect!
Col 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
There are some things we must overcome before we can know the Lord and the main one being, we must die to ourselves.
This flesh that houses our soul will certainly die but while we are living, we must die to our flesh. This is the purpose of being “born again”!
The Bible even says to mortify our flesh, be done with it!
It is the cross that Jesus bore that leads us to take up our own cross and follow Him!
Rom 6:10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
Rom 6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
*****Joh 12:25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.
If you love your life more than you love obeying the will of God, you will certainly lose that life that you cherish so much for an eternity.
Most people do not understand that our life is in our “soul” and not in the flesh!
Our flesh is no more than jacket covering our true self!
Our soul was given to us by our Father in Heaven and our soul is hungry to return to Heaven caring not for this place we call earth.
Rom 8:13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
Rom 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
God will soon call all His Sons and daughters back home!
*****Joh 12:26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.
The Lord gave His life for all those who live in this world. It has been more than 2000 years since this took place because our Father in Heaven has prepared for a crowd.
The sad fact is that the death of Jesus Christ will not give new live to everyone because in the salvation plan of the Lord, He chose to add “Faith”. and many will not believe.
The Lord has more than enough “Grace” to save all those in entire world but only those who believe will know God’s “Mercy” and God’s “Grace”!
We must accept the Lord for “Who He Is”!
We must accept the Lord for “What He Says”!
We must accept the Lord for “What He Has Done”!
When we do these things, our Glorious Father in Heaven will honor us, and we will be allowed to join Him in Heaven!
Then the Lord Jesus knew His time had come!
*****Joh 12:27 Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.
Jesus had already said “Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die it bringeth forth much fruit”.
The one thing we know for sure is that Jesus was not having second thoughts on what He had come to do!
Jesus had never known sin and the hour had come that He was to take on to Himself, all the sin of this world, past, present, and future.
This thing was staring Him in the face, the time had come to do this thing.
Jesus had come to die, and it was now time to do this thing.
There will never come a time that the Trinity of God will show any disagreement because these three are One.
God is absolutely perfect, so there is no room for change.
The Lion had to become the sacrificial Lamb in order for the truth of the Gospel to be real.
Our God has the absolute power to make us all believers but in order for “faith” to emerge then His death must be real, and it would then be our own choice to believe or not believe, which are the two groups of people that will remain.
Right now there is a third group and that group has not yet heard the “Gospel” this the job of the Church to tell the world that there is a Savior and His name is Christ Jesus!
Jesus willfully obeyed His Father to show the world that we to are to be obedient to our Heavenly Father!
Joh 10:17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.
Joh 10:18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.
Jesus knew that only in complete obedience could He be glorified because this would glorify His Father and He would then also be glorified because they are One God!
Heb 10:5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:
Heb 10:6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.
Heb 10:7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
Heb 10:8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;
Heb 10:9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
God came to this world and took on a body of flesh that He might establish a New Covenant with every believer, a Covenant of Peace and then Life, not a life like we have now that is fading away, but eternal life that will last forever!
*****Joh 12:28 Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.
Joh 12:29 The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him.
God will answer every prayer that is in His will! Notice God answered in an audible voice but only those who believe can understand what God says.
Jesus prayed according to God’s will and this is another example that God will do as He says!
1Jn 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
1Jn 5:15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
God accepted the prayer of Jesus on behalf of all mankind but not all would believe.
You see when the Lord prayed out loud then our Heavenly Father had to obey His Son or the Scriptures would not be true!
You know there is coming a day where all believers will hear that sound of a trumpet and leave this world behind. I do not know what the unbeliever will hear, all I know is they will have missed a great opportunity for being so stubborn, clinging to their sin!
*****Joh 12:30 Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes.
Joh 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.
Why is this world so confused about the Lord Jesus Christ when everything He did, He did for us all!
These people heard a response from Heaven when Jesus ask for a response. These people were confused about the Lord, so they were confused about the Father in Heaven and nothing Jesus would do would change this but one thing we know is that Jesus put every effort into reaching these Jewish people, but they would not listen.
One thing we must consider is that the Our Father speaks from Heaven then something changed. God does not use empty words!
God accepted that Jesus would die for all our sins and all our sins would be blotted out in the books He keeps on each one of us but only if we believe in the things that Jesus did for our salvation.
We already know that these same people had recognized Jesus as the King of the Jews that the Prophets had written about, but they were not sure that Jesus was the Messiah that was also told of by these same prophets.
Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
Verse 31 says Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.
We must understand this world we live in is not what it should be because it is under the influence of that old serpent who is Satan!
This world we live in will be destroyed and the Lord will make a new world and we need to understand this truth.
It is true because God says so and God cannot lie!
We must understand that when Jesus was lifted up upon that cross, it set all these things in motion.
The beginning of the ending of this world that will lead to the beginning of eternity in a brand-new world!
Jesus Christ has judged this world to be imperfect.
Jesus Christ has judged that this world is short of God’s glory and God’s will.
In other words, because of God’s holiness we could never live in this world with Him for eternity.
God will create a perfect world.
Because Satan rebelled in Heaven then Heaven would also have to made new, a perfect Heaven!
Because Satan spent time in the heavenly bodies then they too would be made new and perfect.
Rom 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
Rom 8:20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
Rom 8:21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
Rom 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
Rom 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
It was the cross that set all these things in motion!
*****Joh 12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
Joh 12:33 This he said, signifying what death he should die.
If we follow Jesus with our own cross, then Satan has been defeated in our lives as well!
It was on the cross where Jesus destroyed the power of Satan.
1Jn 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
It was at the cross where we can claim victory because Jesus Christ is our victory!
*****Joh 12:34 The people answered him, We have heard out of the law that Christ abideth for ever: and how sayest thou, The Son of man must be lifted up? who is this Son of man?
Joh 12:35 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.
Joh 12:36 While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them.
The people misunderstood the coming of the Messiah.
It is certain that God cannot die because He is self-existing.
God had to take on the form of man in order to defeat Satan because Satan had defeated mankind by deception.
The man that had been blind since His birth was the example Jesus chose for us to understand.
Just like that blind man we are all spiritually blind from our birth.
This man would only live a short time before his death.
It is the same for each of us. Once we know the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior our flesh can still only live a few years before our death.
Without the everlasting Light of the Lord, we would again walk in darkness.
When we are children of the Light, no darkness can come upon us and if we burn brightly our light may shine so some others can also become children of the Light!
Only truth can defeat a lie!
Even though Jesus had done so many miracles and had spoken all these words of truth, He could not be accepted as the Messiah.
The truth is if you can be satisfied with the things of this life then nothing the Lord says will change your mind.
It takes faith in something much better, and hope in the promises of God that sets the Christian apart from this world.
*****Joh 12:37 But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him:
Joh 12:38 That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?
Jesus could have been accepted as King, but it was not time for that to happen.
In reality, to be an unbeliever makes no sense at all.
God has done everything He can do to cause us to believe!
His miracles were not enough for these people.
His compassion was not enough for these people.
His help was not enough for these people.
His signs were not enough for these people.
His healings were not enough for these people.
His truth was not enough for these people.
These are the same things that we have to decide upon.
Is God’s “truth” enough for us to place our “faith” in Jesus Christ.
What say ye?