Series: The Gospel of John
Title: Following Jesus for the Right Reason
Text: John 12:12-19
Purpose: By studying these verses we are challenged to: Make sure that we follow Jesus because of who He is, not because of what we think He might
provide for us.
Speaker: Bishop Jake Givan, Jr., D. Min
In the Triumphal Entry, Jesus was declaring Himself to be Israel’s Messiah, but not the kind of Messiah that they expected. He did not ride into Jerusalem
on a powerful war horse to lead the charge against Rome, but on the foal of a donkey, which was not thought of as a kingly animal in Jesus’ day, to offer
Himself as the sacrifice for our sins. By this public demonstration, Jesus deliberately provoked the Jewish leaders. They wanted to kill Him, but not at the
Passover, lest there be a riot among the people (Matt. 26:3-5). But for Scripture to be fulfilled, Jesus needed to die as the Passover lamb for His people
(1 Cor. 5:7). So Jesus, knowing that His time had come, staged this Triumphal Entry to trigger the events that would lead to His death coinciding with the
Jewish Passover. The Jewish leaders did not take Jesus’ life against His will; rather, He laid it down willingly for His sheep (John 10:17-18).
With all of that as a foundation for understanding this pivotal event in Jesus’ ministry, let me turn to how it applies to us:
Make sure that you follow Jesus because of who He is, not because of what you think He might provide for you..
1. Don’t follow Jesus only because of the temporal benefits you think He might provide for you.
2. Follow Jesus because of who He is: God’s Messiah and King.
A. Fulfilled prophecies prove that Jesus is God’s Messiah and King.
B. Jesus’ works of power prove that He is God’s Messiah and King.
C. Jesus’ control of His circumstances under the Father’s timetable proves that He is God’s Messiah and King.
3. You can oppose Jesus and succeed in the short run, but in the long run you will lose and He will win.
So, why do you follow Jesus? Someone may say, “I am following Jesus because I want Him to give me a godly marriage partner.” That’s a legitimate need
that He can supply, but that shouldn’t be your main reason to follow Jesus. Or, you may follow Jesus because you want Him to heal your marriage. Again,
He can do that, but that’s not the main reason you should follow Him. Some may say, “I follow Jesus because I have many deep emotional hurts from my
past, and I want Him to heal me.” Again, He can do that, but it’s not the main reason to follow Him.
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