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“Blessed is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord”

The Passion Week - Lesson #2

Day 3 - “Blessed is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord”

4 days before the Passover


“The next day the great crowd that had come for the Feast heard that Jesus was on his way to
Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, "Hosanna!  Blessed is he
who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the King of Israel! John 12:12


The Triumphal Entry Sunday Morning
Jesus goes from Bethany, to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives; then on to Jerusalem.
He sits on a colt, the foal of a Donkey and a large crowd spreads cloaks and branches on the road.
They shout, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord”
Jesus weeps for Jerusalem and her fate. Luke 19:41

He looked at everything but since it was late he went out to Bethany with the twelve. Mark 11:11


"Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me”.


This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: "Say to the Daughter of Zion, see, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey."

Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that they had done these things to him. John 12:16


Jesus, the Lamb of God, usurps the traditional “triumphal entry” of the high priest and his Passover lamb (A prophetic hi-jacking). God brings his lamb into his house, the Temple as he continues to be inspected. Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!


The Pharisees say to Jesus “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” Luke 19:39

Why are the Pharisees trying to shut the disciples up? The ceremonial “triumphal entry” of the high priest was overshadowed by the premature call to celebration by Jesus’ disciples who numbered many more than just the twelve. (Matt 21:8, Luke 19:37).


The whole city was waiting with palm branches to call, “Blessed is
he who comes in the name of the Lord.” The disciples intentionally "light the fuse" to the party by calling out the blessing early. People hear the call and begin to cheer expecting the high priest to walk down the street. Instead of the high priest, here comes Jesus on a colt.

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” Matt 21:10

Even after Jesus had done all these miraculous signs (prophetic fulfillments) in their presence, they still would not believe in him. This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet: Lord, who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For this reason they could not believe, because, as Isaiah says elsewhere: He has blinded their eyes and deadened their hearts, so they can neither see with their eyes, nor understand with their hearts, nor turn-- and I would heal them.” Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus' glory and spoke about him.


Future Fulfillments Prophesied

Concerning Himself:

But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself. He said this to show the kind of
death he was going to die. John 12:32-33


Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that
everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. John 3:14-15 (see also Numbers 21:8-9)


Concerning Jerusalem:

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.


Almost everyone agrees that the Triumphal Entry was on Sunday. This is the 11th of Nisan and the second day of examination for the Lamb.

For Parallel Texts see Appendix A

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