Hidden Jesus

Palm Sunday

Hidden Jesus     

Mosaic Rockford – Dave Spooner – April 14th, 2019

Intro:

  • This morning we observe what has come to be know as “Palm Sunday.” This is the day in which Jesus came into Jerusalem for the last week of His life before being crucified. At this point in His ministry, He had become very well-known because of His miracles, His teachings, and His claim that He was the Son of God.  Many people followed Him and believed. Others followed Him in curiosity and in hope of having a need met, while others opposed Him to such an extent that they wanted Him dead.   
  • The “Triumphal Entry” or “Palm Sunday” is recorded in all 4 Gospels and we are going to take a look at it from the Gospel of Luke.  Luke gave us the reasons he wrote this gospel in the first lines that he wrote:

Luke 1:1-4 ESV 
Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, 2  just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us, 3 it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4 that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught. 

  • Luke did close investigative research for a long time in order to write an orderly account of what had been accomplished among them so that we would have certainty concerning what we have been taught.  We can trust what is written because of the faithfulness of these men and the illumination, inspiration and preservation of the Holy Spirit.  
  • Luke records that right before Jesus came into Jerusalem on “Palm Sunday,” He taught a parable of the “Ten Minas.” He was near Jerusalem and “they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately” (Luke 19:11).  Even though Jesus repeated told and taught what His purpose was, people continued to get Him wrong – not seeing who He was and what He came to do. Many also misunderstood the plan of God and their role and responsibility in His plan.  

Luke 19:28-36 NIV 
After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, 30 “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ tell him, ‘The Lord needs it.'” 

32 Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. 33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34 They replied, “The Lord needs it.” 35 They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36 As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road. 

  • What was this all about?  And why did Jesus enter the city this way?  Jesus was fulfilling a prophecy given by Zachariah long before Jesus arrived as a baby.  It says: 

Zech 9:9 ESV
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

  • This prophecy is very specific:  that there was to be great rejoicing in Jerusalem because the King was coming to them; that He is righteous and that He has salvation; that He is humble and riding on a colt, a foal of a donkey.  In doing what Jesus did, He fulfilled what was written and communicated who He was and what He was doing 

Luke 19:37-40 NIV
When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, 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!” 39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” 40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

  • The whole crowd of disciples of Jesus praised God in loud voices for the miracles that they had seen Jesus perform.  The miracles of God should rightly result in joyful praise of Him.  It is right and good for us to do so. However, there have always been those who don’t want to hear about what Jesus has done and don’t want to give Him praise.
  • Amidst all the fanfare and joyous celebration of the great crowd, Jesus had a much different response.  

Luke 19:41 NIV
As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42 and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace — but now it is hidden from your eyes. 43 The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. 44 They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.” 

  • Jesus wept for the city because of the pain and destruction that would come because they did not recognize who Jesus was, what He came to do and what they could have in Him. God is not joyful over the pain and destruction of those who do not recognize and receive Him.  
  • He was “hidden from their eyes” even though His words, His deeds and His presence with them. As it was then, so as it is today. So why don’t people see Jesus for who He is?  Why does our family, our children, our friends, our neighbors, our co-workers, our leaders and so many fail to see Him for who He is?  Here are three reasons: 

They do not know the scriptures

Luke 24:25-27 ESV
And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!  26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?”  27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

  • There are plenty of people, even church-going people, who think they know scripture and know about Jesus, but they get Him entirely wrong. 

John 9:39-41 ESV 
Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.”  40 Some of the Pharisees near him heard these things, and said to him, “Are we also blind?” 41 Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, ‘We see,’ your guilt remains.

  • Then there are those who think they are “experts” and are “professionals” in the Bible and they “blind and become blind guides.”  

Mark 12:24 ESV
Jesus said to them, “Is this not the reason you are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God? 

  • We must read the scriptures for what it says, not for what we want it to say.  They must read us as much as we read it.  We must pray that our eyes will be open and we must pray that their eyes will be open.  

They desire other things more than Jesus 

Matt 10:34-39 ESV
“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.  35 For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36 And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household.  37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.  38 And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.  39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

  • They desire peace over truth, family over faith, self over salvation.  So many people have missed Jesus and missed true life because they were looking to hold on to the life they thought they wanted. 

They do not think they need to be saved 

Matt 1:21-22 ESV
She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 

Mark 2:16-17ESV
“Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 17 And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” 

Conclusion 

  • We need to pray for people’s eyes to be open, for people’s hearts to be changed, for people’s allegiance to be rightly aligned. We need to pray that people will see Jesus for who He is and see who they really are. 
  • We need to know the scriptures ourselves and give ourselves to it. 
  • We need to witness to the goodness of God and tell people who Jesus really is.