Sunday, April 17, 2011

Jesus' Triumphal Journey To Jerusalem

Mark 10:32-34

Rev. James Wong

1. It was a journey of suffering

Jesus talked about carrying our cross daily to follow him and he himself had taken the journey of the cross (Luke 9:23). If you suffer, suffer with courage and don’t give up.

“As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem ~Luke 9:51 (NIV)

“and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles, who will mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him. Three days later he will rise.”

~Mark 10:33-34 (NIV)

“For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him.” ~Phil 1:29 (NLT)

2. It was a journey of peace

Jesus came riding on a donkey which means, he came to bring peace. He said,

"Happy are those who work for peace; God will call them his children! (Matt 5:9 TEV).

“Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” ~Zech 9:9 (NIV).

36 As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road. 37 … the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: 38 "Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!" "Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!" ~Luke 19:36-38 (NIV)

“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”

~Rom 12:18 (NIV)

3. It was a journey of servanthood

In Jerusalem Jesus served humanity and gave his life as a ransom for many. To follow Jesus is to have a serving attitude that pervades all aspect of our life.

“Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."

~Matt 20:26-28 (NIV)

“Instead of this, of his own free will he gave up all he had, and took the nature of a servant. He became like man and appeared in human likeness.” ~Phil 2:7 (TEV)

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