By Rev. Dr. Sergio ArevaloTuloy Po Kayo! (Welcome!). Read more ... », Jr.
April 13, 2014 (Passion/Palm Sunday)
JesusThe Words of Jesus and the Coming Massive Revival in Groups. Read more ... » ChristNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... » entered Jerusalem like a kingThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » or a Roman generalTetelestai! Tetelestai! Tetelestai!. Read more ... » who just won a war. Usually a victorious general used to have a solemn procession called Roman“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... » Triumph and entered the city in a spectacular chariot drawn by four horses.
He was preceded by the senate, trumpeters, the humiliated enemyThe Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Read more ... » captives who were often in chains, the spoils and treasures taken in war, white bulls for sacrificeThe Obedience of Joseph. Read more ... » and his personal bodyguards (lictors).
The triumphator came next in the procession, riding on his chariot. He was followed by his familyJesus is Missing!. Read more ... », officers, troops all of whom were unarmed. The procession followed a fixed route which ran from the FieldThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » of Mars down to the river Tiber, doubling back on itself to avoid an ancient bog, then through the Circus and along the Sacred WayThe Man Who Prepares Freeway for His Master. Read more ... » (Via Sacra).
After passing in state along the Via Sacra the triumph ascended the Capitol to offer sacrifice at the TempleJesus is the Redeemer. Read more ... » of Jupiter – the white bulls. The triumphator then entered the temple to offer his wreath to the godWhat is Life?. Read more ... » as a signThree Radical Precautions of the Christ. Read more ... » that he had no intentions of becoming the king of RomeA Poem for all Mothers. Read more ... ». (tribunesandtriumphs.org).
Indeed, Jesus entered Jerusalem as triumphator, and the people welcomed Jesus like a king, they were shouting:
“Hosanna to the Son of David! How blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” (Matthew 21This Man Trusts His Workers But Look What They Do to His Son and Messengers. His Envoys Do Not Return so He Comes Back with Vengeance!. Read more ... »:9).
. . . but after a few days the JewsThe Gospel According to Simeon. Read more ... » were trying to killThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » him. He was capturedThe Protagonist Narrates the Trailer of His Story, His Avid Fan Does not Like it. Read more ... » by the temple guards (high priestGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... »’s servantsCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... », Mt. 26:51) when he was praying at Gethsemane in the presenceHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... » of his disciplesThree Things Required in Discipleship. Read more ... ».
He was brought to the governorMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... » (Pilate) and the high priestsHow Does Jesus Prepare His Disciples for Missions?. Read more ... » and elders for interrogation. “Are you the King of the Jews?” (v.11).
I. The Interrogation of Jesus
Pilate, the governor, meticulously asked Jesus, and he did not find any fault from Jesus. Pilate was trying to release him, but the Jews were instigated by the high priests, and the elders to choose Jesus Barabbas rather than Jesus ChristMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... ».
What was the reason? Verse 18 says it’s because of their jealousy! The high priests and the elders were jealous simply because a lot of people were following Jesus. Many were deserting, and believing in Jesus (JohnPeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » 12:11).
The governor threw the responsibilityThree Things Required in Discipleship. Read more ... » of judgmentThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » to the crowd as the governor’s tradition to free one prisoner during the FeastWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... » of the PassoverHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » to make the Jews happy (v.15, John 18:39, MarkPeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » 15:6).
II. The Suffering of Jesus
After the kangaroo judgment, Jesus experienced sufferings until his deathLazarus’ Raising as a Proof of Resurrection. Read more ... » on the crossBear Jesus’ Yoke to Unburden Your Yoke. Read more ... ». Our passage in the GospelDoes God Repent in Nineveh?. Read more ... » of Matthew recorded the following:
1. Jesus was flogged (v.26). Flogging with a multi-thonged whip weakened the victim before execution.
2. They stripped him with his clothesWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... » (v. 28).
3. Soldiers mocked him (vv.28-29).
4. They crowned him with thornsThe Four Kinds of Seeds: A Reflection of our Spirituality. Read more ... » (v.29).
5. They spat on him (v.30).
6. They struck the reed on his head (v.30).
7. They pushed him (v.31).
8. They forced him to drink wineThis Man Trusts His Workers But Look What They Do to His Son and Messengers. His Envoys Do Not Return so He Comes Back with Vengeance!. Read more ... » with gall (v.34). Gall is with bitter substance. The wine would dull the pain, but Matthew (following Mark) wants to show that Jesus accepted the pain of his death fully.
9. They nailed him on the treeThe Four Kinds of Seeds: A Reflection of our Spirituality. Read more ... » (v.35). Crucifixion was a common Roman form of capital punishment for non-Roman citizens. It was regarded as particularly degrading, since it was a slow, painful method of death by suffocation that took placePeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » in public (The New Oxford Annotated Bible).
10. They divided his clothes (v.35).
11. He was insulted (derided) by people (v.39).
12. He was insulted by the two bandits (v.44). Some say they were either common criminals or popular leadersLeaders Question This Man on What Authority He is Doing Those Benevolence, They Could Not Reason Out When He Responds. Read more ... » viewed as a political“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » threat.
13. He really felt the excruciating pain (v.46).
The sufferingDoes God Repent in Nineveh?. Read more ... » of Jesus reminds us the importance of our salvationA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... ». He really gave himself up for our welfare, for our salvation, for our lifeWhat is Life?. Read more ... ». Our salvation is totally free–wholeheartedly given by Jesus, but he bought it with his life, he bought it with his suffering, he bought it with his excruciating pain! Jesus Christ died for us, for our salvation!
Jesus’ suffering reminds us that we might also experience suffering in our faithHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... » and ChristianHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... » practice. We might experience challenges in our places of work or studies. We might experience testing“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » while we are driving or commuting. We might experience sufferings when we are sickThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... », depressed, lonely and forgotten by family and friends.
When we experience all these things, let us be reminded that Jesus experienced all of them before we do.
III. The Unusual Signs during the Day of Crucifixion of Jesus
1. Darkness came all over the earthCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... » (v.45).
2. The temple curtain was torn in two, from top to bottom. (v.51).
3. Earthquake shook them and rocks split (vv.51, 54).
4. Tombs opened (v.52). The passage does not tell whether their houses“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » were destroyed thus we conclude that their houses were preserved. If they were destroyed, the gospel writer might wrote about that.
5. DeadJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » were raised (v.52). Persic version renders the wordsHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... », “and the bodies of many saints who suffered martyrdom, rose out of the graves.” Some believeHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » that those martyrsThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » who raised were the following: ZechariahThe Three Lessons of Palm Sunday. Read more ... », the fatherThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... » of John the BaptistThe Man Who Prepares Freeway for His Master. Read more ... », John the Baptist himself, goodWhich Do You Prefer? Old Practices or New Practices?. Read more ... » old SimeonThe Gospel According to Simeon. Read more ... », JosephThe Obedience of Joseph. Read more ... » the husband613 Laws Summarize Into Two. Read more ... » of MaryThe Angel of The Lord Announces the Good News!. Read more ... », and others.
There are two schools of thoughts here: (1) some believe that the saints were raised on the crucifixion day (v.52); (2) some believe that they were raised right after the resurrectionThe Lord of Resurrection is God of the Living. Read more ... » of Jesus (“after his resurrection” v.53). The first schoolThe Genesis of Wesley Divinity School. Read more ... » of thought contents that the wordProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » “his” there should be written “their” instead, thus “after their resurrection…”
6. Soldiers believed Jesus (v.54). Verse 54 says “Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, ‘Truly this was the Son of God.’”
Gen. William Nelson, a Union general in the American Civil War, was consumed with the battles in Kentucky when a brawl ended up in his being shot, mortally, in the chest.
He had faced many battles, but the fatal blow came while he was relaxing with his men. As such, he was caught fully unprepared. As men ran up the stairs to help him, the general had just one phrase, “Send for a clergyman; I wish to be baptized.”
He never had timeHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... » as an adolescent or young manHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... ». He never had time as a private or after he became a general. And his wound did not stop or slow down the war. Everything around him was left virtually unchanged–except for his priorities.
With only minutes left before he died, the one thing he cared about was preparing for heavenCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... ». He wanted to be baptized. Thirty minutes later he was dead (sermonillustrations.comThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... »).
During the general’s suffering he remembered the saving graceThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » of Jesus Christ. Probably he remembered the reason why Jesus died on the cross, and he received that faith when he was about to leave his earthly body.
General Nelson’s experience is different from us nowadays. Now we have time and strengthHow Does Jesus Prepare His Disciples for Missions?. Read more ... » to believe and serve Jesus. Let us exercise our faith now, let us serve God now. Let us live our faith as long as we exist here and now!