A Promise Fullfilled

Songs help us not forget. A truth put to melody… A song of promises and truth “Jesus Loves Me”. The children of Israel would sing too… these songs were well known by young and old alike…
We find Jesus weeping… Luke 19:41-42
Luke 19:41–42 NASB95
When He approached Jerusalem, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If you had known in this day, even you, the things which make for peace! But now they have been hidden from your eyes.
But the people… Luke 19:37-38 Describes the scene well...
Luke 19:37–38 NASB95
As soon as He was approaching, near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles which they had seen, shouting: Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord; Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

The crowd is celebrating and cheering… WHY???

Feast of Tabernacles… rewind months earlier
Jesus saved His real message for the final day of the Feast of Tabernacles, the last and greatest day of the feast. The event reached its crescendo with the magnificent water- pouring ceremony, the climax of the whole festival. The processions intensified, with hundreds of priests and worshipers winding around the altar seven times. The cry of the people echoed throughout the entire Temple: "Oh, Lord God, save us now, we beseech Thee, save us now." Water flowed down over the altar, streaming onto the pavement stones and down the steps. Those who had eyes to see the spiritual destitution of the land at that time would not only be praying for rain and water, but for an outpouring of God's Spirit. They were living under Roman oppression. There had been no true High Priest since the times of the Maccabees. The Sadducees were controlling the Temple. The nation was spiritually bankrupt. Even the Holy of Holies was empty and dry. Jesus chose this context, Hoshana Rabba -- the last day and perhaps the most dramatic moment of the festival-to make a most dramatic statement about Himself. He stood and said in a loud voice, John 3:37-38. (CHRIST in the Feast of Tabernacles)
Halle Psalms… (hallelujah) Psalms 113-118 (Psalm 118:26)
Psalm 118:26 NASB95
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord; We have blessed you from the house of the Lord.
A Song they ALL knew well!!!!
The same crowds that heard Jesus declare Himself as the living water at the Feast of Tabernacles are now back for the Passover Feast… Celebrating and cheering this Jesus who they believe to be the promised Messiah!
The disciples are elated and full of anticipation for what lay ahead
Jerusalem is preparing for it’s biggest celebration of the year…The Passover Feast!
The town is a buzz with the news that this Jesus everyone is talking about has raised Lazarus from the dead
This is the same Jesus who fed 5000 people
They become excited… let’s make him our king!
A king to FREE them
A king to FEED them
A king to HEAL them

So, why was Jesus weeping?…

He laments not over the crowds and disciples acknowledging Him as the Messiah rather over Jerusalem, all who do not believe...
Warren Wiersbe states well why Jesus wept…
No matter where Jesus looked, He found cause for weeping. If He looked back, He saw how the nation had wasted its opportunities and been ignorant of their “time of visitation.” If He looked within, He saw spiritual ignorance and blindness in the hearts of the people. They should have known who He was, for God had given them His Word and sent His messengers to prepare the way. As He looked around, Jesus saw religious activity that accomplished very little.
[i] [i] Wiersbe, W. W. (1996). The Bible exposition commentary (Vol. 1, p. 255). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.
Jesus, in His lament, says “if you had known in this day”… What should have been known?
Who Jesus was… AND
When He would come

Scripture States WHO they should have been looking for, and even the WHEN!

Luke begins his gospel going back to Adam and continues this line all the way to Jesus...
From the very moment God punished Adam and Eve in the garden… God had been promising one who would come, one who would redeem mankind from their sin… one who would be a savior… God had been promising and foretelling of a Messiah who would come.
God promises that the seed of the woman promised to Adam and Eve would crush the serpents head In Genesis 3
In Genesis 12 we see Abraham, God promises him that He will bless all families of the earth through his seed… Jesus is a Jew
In Genesis 49:10 God narrows down the tribe of Judah as the one who would come to rule.
Genesis 49:10 NASB95
“The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes, And to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.
“Until Shiloh comes.” Many sources see “Shiloh” as a title of the Messiah. However, the Hebrew word šîlōh should be rendered “whose it is,” that is, the scepter will not depart from Judah … until He comes whose it (i.e., the scepter) is (or as the niv puts it, to whom it belongs). [i][i] Ross, A. P. (1985). Genesis. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 1, p. 98). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.
From the tribe of Judah would come King David son of Jesse from Bethlehem.
David was anointed king by Samuel… A man after God’s own heart
He wants to build a temple, a house for God, 2 Samuel 7:16 God has other plans...
2 Samuel 7:16 NASB95
“Your house and your kingdom shall endure before Me forever; your throne shall be established forever.” ’ ”
In return God says He will establish David’s line/house forever!
David was God’s anointed King
The Hebrew word mashiyach means “the anointed” gradually over time this would become the title for God’s coming Savior-King … Messiah!
For centuries the people would wait and anticipate who from David’s line would become this King… this Messiah!
Luke in his gospel tells us Mary and Joseph, in the line of David
This baby Jesus the angel said would be called Emmanuel God with Us!When Jesus is born they know he will come from Bethlehem! The angels declare in Luke 2:14
Luke 2:14 NASB95
“Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”
The Messiah had come! Zechariah 9:9
Zechariah 9:9 NASB95
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
Jesus comes riding the donkey… but the religious leaders want nothing of the people’s praises Luke 19:32-40
Luke 19:32–40 NASB95
So those who were sent went away and found it just as He had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” They said, “The Lord has need of it.” They brought it to Jesus, and they threw their coats on the colt and put Jesus on it. As He was going, they were spreading their coats on the road. As soon as He was approaching, near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles which they had seen, shouting: Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord; Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” But Jesus answered, “I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!”

So… why would the stones cry out?

Daniel 9:24-26 Daniel is to “know” and “discern” some things…
Daniel 9:24–26 NASB95
“Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place. “So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; it will be built again, with plaza and moat, even in times of distress. “Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined.
A decree will be given that will start the clock 483 years to the Messiah’s coming!!!!
Nehemiah 2:1-6 444 BC in the month of Nisan issued for the rebuilding of Jerusalem as a whole
7 weeks…seven sets of seven or 7x7=49 years to rebuild Jerusalem!
And the 62 weeks continue to follow this time… 62x7=434 years
Jewish years are lunar and therefore are 360 days and our years are solar 365 days
Over 483 years’ time this would be 173,880 days
IF… the decree was given on Nisan 1, 444 BC 173,880 days later would land on March 30, 33 AD
To the day, to the hour, I believe even to the minute!
If the people were not proclaiming it… THE ROCKS WOULD!
These rulers, religious leaders, scholars could have known to the month if not even to the day when the Messiah would come!
The religious leaders were looking… they just didn’t like what they found!
God’s Word is accurate and true
God’s promises are kept, His prophecies fulfilled
The power of the prophecies is this… it happened as God said it would, when He said it would, and Jesus was the Messiah
And if all that is true then what He did in His death and Resurrection has the power to save you and me!
This was God’s plan from the beginning; He knew He would send His Son to die for the sin of the World.
CONTEMPLATE: take this nail, keep it, remember to think about the promise God gave, the cost He paid, this week of remembrance… It’s not a song or melody but it is tangible and real… consider that this week.
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