Wednesday, April 12, 2017
From Psalm Sunday to Easter Sunday-By: Pastor Dr. Charles Novak
When we think of Psalm Sunday, we think of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey never ridden before while being cheered on by thousands of people. All these people knowing that He Jesus in riding into Jerusalem in this way is fulfilling actual scripture. The fulfilled scripture is seen in (Zechariah Chapter 9 Verses And 10 English Standard Version) “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. I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war horse from Jerusalem; and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall speak peace to the nations; his rule shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.”
Now the very confusing thing is all the people in Jerusalem knew this scripture, and seeing Jesus riding in this, they knew this was fulfilling the scripture, and they were happy, waving alms and laying the alms down on the road in which the Lord God Himself incarnate, in the flesh of man as Jesus was riding in upon. No one made the people of Jerusalem do this, they were pleased to do this of their accord. Jesus even explained of what needed to be done to His disciples as we read in (Matthew Chapter 21 Verses 1 Through 11 English Standard Version) “Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, "Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her.
Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord needs them,' and he will send them at once." This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying, "Say to the daughter of Zion, 'Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.'" The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, "Who is this?" And the crowds said, "This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee."
The crowds were saying Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest! What did this mean, well the literal definition of the word Hosanna is Savior. And the crowds were calling Jesus this willingly. They even placed down their cloaks down on the ground in which their “Savior” as they willingly called Him, was trailing on.
But the Bible also gives a second prophetic scripture in (Daniel Chapter 9 Verses 24 Through 27 English Standard Version) "Seventy weeks are decreed about your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place. Know therefore and understand that from the going out of the word to restore and build Jerusalem to the coming of an anointed one, a prince, there shall be seven weeks. Then for sixty-two weeks it shall be built again with squares and moat, but in a troubled time. And after the sixty-two weeks, an anointed one shall be cut off and shall have nothing. And the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. Its end shall come with a flood, and to the end there shall be war. Desolations are decreed. And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator." The angle Gabriel told this to Daniel.
It is so very hard and deeply troubling and disturbing that only five days later that the sames crowds would be yelling crucify Him, as we read in (Matthew Chapter 27 Verses 15 Through 26 English Standard Version) “Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to release for the crowd any one prisoner whom they wanted. And they had then a notorious prisoner called Barabbas. So when they had gathered, Pilate said to them, "Whom do you want me to release for you: Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?" For he knew that it was out of envy that they had delivered him up. Besides, while he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, "Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for I have suffered much because of him today in a dream."
Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus. The governor again said to them, "Which of the two do you want me to release for you?" And they said, "Barabbas." Pilate said to them, "Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?" They all said, "Let him be crucified!" And he said, "Why, what evil has he done?" But they shouted all the more, "Let him be crucified!" So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, "I am innocent of this man's blood; see to it yourselves." And all the people answered, "His blood be on us and on our children!" Then he released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, delivered him to be crucified.”
So the people of Jerusalem knew that scripture said that a Messiah would come, and that He would be cut off after a week. Yet the very next Friday, Jesus our Lord and Savior meet the cross, the cross that only He Himself could Bear. And all of this the Bible explains in Matthew Chapter 27 Verses 32 Through 56 English Standard Version.
“As they went out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. They compelled this man to carry his cross. And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall, but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. And when they had crucified him, they divided his garments among them by casting lots. Then they sat down and kept watch over him there. And over his head they put the charge against him, which read,
"This is Jesus, the King of the Jews." Then two robbers were crucified with him, one on the right and one on the left. And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, "You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross." So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying, "He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him. For he said, 'I am the Son of God.'" And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way.
Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?" that is, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" And some of the bystanders, hearing it, said, "This man is calling Elijah." And one of them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine, and put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink. But the others said, "Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him." And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many. When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, "Truly this was the Son of God!" There were also many women there, looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him, among whom were Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joseph and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.”
So we read all the truths of the Bible, told in it's ever intimate detail, and we must stop and ponder the thought. Why truly was Jesus crucified? Is it because He embarrassed the Sadducee's and the pharisees by pointing out their hypocritical religious ways? Or were they worried or concerned that they may actually have to bow down down to the one and only true King?, the one and only true Son of The Most High God? Did they not want to give up their position of power? I am of the belief that all of these are true, but even if not, we are assured that Jesus went to the cross for the fulfillment of scripture, as the sacrificial lamb who by His death on the Cross at Calvary nailed sin to that tree along with our Savior. How??? the blood of animal sacrifice was used to cover sin, but sin was never removed by forgiveness. So when Jesus came to Earth as the Son of the Most High God, He knew that He would die for all men. He died for our sins, all of our sin is what Jesus was truly crucified to the cross for. Jesus was perfect and without sin, which is exactly how the sacrificial lamb was supposed to be, hence “without spot or blemish” So Jesus being perfect was put to death on the cross for all of our sin, not his own because He was perfect and without sin. And when this perfect lamb of God was sacrificed for us, and when His Blood was spilled, that was the atoning sacrifice, and there need to be no other, nor could there be any other or any better or greater sacrifice to remove, ore forgive sin. From the beginning Jesus knew that He came to Earth incarnate, literal God in the flesh, to die to put His life in place for the sentence of death...that all of mankind deserves.
Easter Sunday Jesus is resurrected, as we see in (Luke Chapter 24 Verses 1 Through 10 English Standard Version) “But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise." And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles.”
I am asking you not to have your Easter eggs, or eat your chocolate on Easter Sunday, but what I am asking you, is not to forget what the true meaning of Easter Sunday is. This day itself represents the literal Biblical fact that Jesus our Savior died on the Cross at Calvary for our sins, the sins of all mankind, and that He was buried. But in that Sunday morning that we celebrate as Easter, He, Jesus the Living Son of God, defeated death and walked out of the tomb, the grave. And yes He is Risen, yes He is Risen indeed. Let us not forget that Jesus will return to the Earth to establish His Kingdom, but no man, not no one knows the time or the date, but only the father Himself.
May Christ Jesus Shine His Loving Light of Joy, and Faith in His Word for all men that they may come to Him with knowledge that He is the one and only risen Savior or the world, Son of God, Lamb of God Himself.......Amen