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Seek God (6) - Notes

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Week 6 - Visitation 
of Christ the King

John 12:1-19

Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.

“Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”

Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and believing in him.

The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival 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!”

Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written:

“Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.”

At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that these things had been done to him.

Now the crowd that was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word. Many people, because they had heard that he had performed this sign, went out to meet him. So the Pharisees said to one another, “See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him!”

1. Our reaction to Jesus reveals who our king REALLY is

Mary, Judas, the Crowd, the Religious Leaders and YOU?

The 2 Core Kings - Jesus AND Self

“Repent for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand”
— John the Baptist AND Jesus

2. Surrender to Jesus as King IS salvation

The Good News

  • The REAL King allows us to repent (surrender and change sides)

  • Instead of destroying us, Jesus dies for us

  • Now there’s a Leader/King we can follow!

  • Repent of your sin

  • Believe in Jesus as your Savior

  • FOLLOW JESUS AS YOUR LORD

Your Kingdom come
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven
— Matthew 6:10

3. Our response to Jesus as King determines what He RIDES on into our lives

John 12:14-15

Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written:

“Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion; see, your king is coming,
 seated on a donkey’s colt.”

Revelation 19:11-16

I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:

King of kings and Lord of lords.

The Good News

  • The REAL King allows us to repent (surrender and change sides)

  • Ask Jesus to ride into your life as the Prince of Peace now. Don’t wait for Him to ride into your life the first time on the White Horse of Revelation!

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