As last days America celebrates Palm Sunday, let us not forget about the history of the false perception that 2.7 million visitors of Jesus' day had (Jews and Gentiles) from all over the land of Israel and the known world during the Week of the Passover. Countless multitudes in Jerusalem at that time had totally misunderstood who Jesus was (Matt. 23:27; Luke 19:14). These countless multitudes that Jesus healed from demonic oppression and all kinds of diseases had soon forgotten His wonderful works for them. His 3-1/2 year preaching ministry was beginning to wear thin, and they had had enough of Him and His message of “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!”
The very city that shouted cries of praise by the hundreds of thousands turned to vengeful shouts of 'Crucify Him!
By the middle of the Passover Week, the very city that shouted cries of praise by the hundreds of thousands had turned to vengeful shouts of "Crucify Him!" How could this be? My friend, as they really began to comprehend just who Jesus was (Isa. 53, Psalm 22), they wanted nothing to do with Him. Their shallow "love" for Him had quickly turned stone-cold to hate and abhorrence. For their vain, temporal and sinful existence, Jesus had become tiresome and of no benefit to them at all (Eccl. 9:3, 9; 11:8; Isaiah 53: 2-3).
As they really began to comprehend just who Jesus was, they wanted nothing to do with Him. Their shallow love had quickly turned stone-cold to hate and abhorrence.
My dear friends, how many Americans of this last day America, who call themselves "Christians" this Palm Sunday and Easter will go to a church - probably for the first time in months - and praise a Christ that is not the TRUE Christ of the Holy Scriptures at all! A multitude of millions also world-wide will do this very thing. This if HORRIFICALLY sobering indeed! When it comes right down to it, these have created their OWN Jesus and have REJECTED the very One of the Holy Scriptures (Matt. 7:21-23; Jude 1:4). In their heart-of-hearts they truly DESPISE the Christ of the Holy Scriptures. What is even more horrifying to conceive is if these same people were present for that first Palm Sunday long ago, they also would be among the very hordes of multitudes shouting, "Crucify Him! Crucify Him!"
When it comes right down to it, these have created their OWN Jesus and have REJECTED the very One of the Holy Scriptures. .
On this Palm Sunday and Easter (if you do not already) may you come to personally know the Christ of the Holy Scriptures. May your praise and admiration be towards the Christ of the Holy Scripture in Spirit and in Truth (John 4:24).
Who Do You Say That Jesus Is?
Do your thoughts, upbringing, religious background, or personal beliefs about Jesus line up with God’s Christ of the HOLY SCRIPTURES? You might ask, “Well, does it make a difference?" My friend, I say unto you, "It surely does!"
Take the Jesus Challenge!
The Bible is the final AUTHORITY about who is Jesus Christ. It is God’s absolute instruction manual and blueprint for life. If you reject the authority of the Word of God, my friend, you are doomed. There is no hope for your lost, sinful condition. The Bible teaches, “All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Note that it says ALL! You need to know the True Savior, not a make-believe one. It’s that serious. Don’t let your deceitful heart and pride ruin you and keep you from the soul redemption found only in Jesus Christ.
Ignorance of Scripture is Ignorance of Christ!
Jesus said, "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life; and they are they which testify [speak] of me" (John 5:39).
The purpose of this Bible studyis to bring a person through God’s simple plan of salvation using only the Gospel of John. When the Gospel of John is handed out to a person, it is a good idea to give the person this study along with it. The study was written in such a way (question/ answer format) that the person can see for themselves what the Bible really says about who Jesus Christ is, what He has done for us, and the necessity of putting our faith in Him.
For the person doing this study, please answer the following questions by looking up the Bible verses referenced, all of which can be found in the Gospel of John.