This passage of scripture helps us to see that Jesus is the king of his people.
The people who saw Lazarus be raised from the dead went to
for the . They told everyone about the miracle, and Jesus’
popularity quickly reached an all-time high. When Jesus entered into
Jerusalem, the crowds thronged around him and cried out, “Hosanna!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of
Israel!” (John 12:13). They believed that the Messiah had come, and
would soon deliver them from the hands of the Romans.
Jesus did come as a king, just not the kind of king people expected.
He did not come on a warhorse, but he came as a gentle king, riding on
a donkey, bringing in a reign of peace (Zech 9:9). He is the one who
would proclaim peace to the nations and extend his reign to the ends
of the earth (Zech 9:10, Psalm 72:8). He came to free his people from
the prison of sin by his blood. His kingship during this age is a
spiritual kingship, which anticipates a completed kingdom, which he
will finish in the future.
Last week, we saw that the
to crown Jesus as the physical king of Israel, and that the Romans
would then destroy Jerusalem in an attempt to maintain control. When
the Pharisees saw the crowds praising Jesus, they believed that their
worst fears are coming true, so they said to one another, “You see
that you are gaining nothing. Look, the world has gone after him”
Their words were far more true than they realized. They saw Jesus’
popularity among a crowd composed of people from throughout the Roman
Empire, but he will one day be praised by a crowd composed of people
from throughout all the nations of the world.