Hosanna Sunday - Is Jesus weeping over you?
Speaker: Rev. Shine Thomas
Today is Hosanna Sunday and people and churches across the world are celebrating this day for Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. This was the Sunday before the crucifixion of Jesus and Jesus was going from Bethany to Jerusalem.
By now Jesus is very popular after 3-1/2 years of ministry.
See how people perceived Jesus Christ in Zacchaeus’ house: Luke 19:11 11While they were listening to this ….. and the people thought that the Kingdom of God was going to appear at once.
King David was one of the greatest kings of Israel.
Now, Jesus is very near Jerusalem.
Now, for the people Jesus fitted perfectly into this place.
Now, the people all around are thinking in their mind Jesus is the king.
Look what Philippians says: Philippians 2:5-8 5Christ Jesus: 6Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross!
See what Jesus did:
Luke 19:29-35 29As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, 30"Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31If anyone asks you, 'Why are you untying it?' tell him, 'The Lord needs it.' " 32Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. 33As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, "Why are you untying the colt?" 34They replied, "The Lord needs it." 35They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it.
In times of war a king or the conqueror would ride upon a horse to show his power but in times of peace a king would ride on a donkey to pronounce peace.
Now Jesus riding on the donkey was declaring to the people that He indeed was the king. If people were are looking for a king to overpower the Romans, no! Jesus was a different kind of King, the King of Peace.
Matthew 21:8 8A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.
Now, people are accepting Jesus as king. Luke 19:37-38 37When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: 38"Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!" "Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!"''
Now the crowd is growing. Jesus is riding towards the gates of Jerusalem City. There is a festive air for it is the Passover time and pilgrims are coming from far and near for the greatest Jewish festival. People are telling Jesus is King. He raised Lazarus form the grave. He is our deliverer. People are worshipping the King of Kings and Lord or Lords, Jesus Christ and shouting “Hosanna to the King.”
Jesus looked over the vast audience that was worshipping him:
Suddenly the whole procession stopped. A big crowd that was moving stopped. It was somewhat like a busy traffic hour. One vehicle stops the entire traffic on that road stops. People are screaming from the back, move on. What is happening, come on move. But the people who were close to Jesus realized it was Jesus who stopped the procession. They saw and His body was shaking. They thought Jesus was enjoying and laughing because of the occasion and the importance that Jesus got. But when the people took a closer look at Jesus’ face there was no joy, Jesus was sorrowful.
John 19:41 41As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it.
Jesus was crying. Scripture tells that Jesus cried only 3 times.
This weeping is different than other weeping of Jesus mentioned in the Bible. In the tomb of Lazarus the real meaning in Greek is shedding tears, silent tears which well up in your eyes and roll down your cheeks. Here on Hosanna Sunday it is a different cry, it is audible weeping; weeping with visible, audible emotion. In other words Jesus broke out with crying.
Why would Jesus break out loudly and visibly?
Usually when we are with a group of people and something heartbreaking happens, we do not want to cry publicly but we run to some isolated place or close the room and cry. Here Jesus is surrounded with people all around. Jesus’ heart was broken because people never understood him and he wanted to cry but when he saw the city of Jerusalem, Jesus just burst into tears. Luke 19:42 42Jesus wept over it and said, "If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes.
Child of God, you maybe born again, coming to church but if you do not know the mission of God and the heart of Jesus, He is weeping over you today. Be concerned for what God is concerned about. Do what God wants you to do. Whatever music you create, whatever noise you make, whatever you do for God, if you do not know the heartbeat of God He is weeping over you because you have not understood his mission.
Secondly, If you cast your eyes back, we are told that He "was coming near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount called the Mount of Olives" (vs 29). These places were to the east of the city. As you come to a certain brow of the hill on the Mount of Olives, as you begin to descend you come to the valley of the Kidron and so you have a magnificent view of the city. You are above it and looking down on it. The roof of the temple was covered over with gold. It was a magnificent sight. Here was the teeming population of this holy city with all its historic associations and religious importance. Instead of rejoicing, our Lord broke out with violent weeping and He tells us why.
Luke 19:42-44 42Jesus wept over it and said, "If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. 43The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. 44They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God's coming to you."
Jesus was aware of things that were soon to happen to Jerusalem if the people do not accept Jesus as the Messiah. He was concerned to think that Jerusalem, with all its privileges, prophets, the sacrificial system, the Bible of Old Testament, the scholars, the teachers - for all of these things they were blind to the most important events which had ever happened in all their history. What was that event? Our Lord refers to it here - He says, v42 "At least in this thy day". We know what He meant by "this thy day" - it is the day when the Lord Jesus Christ entered into their midst: King of kings and Lord of lords; it was the day God had spoken of in many places of the Old Testament, preparing them for this day.
He was concerned to think that Jerusalem was blind to the most important events which had ever happened in all their history. What was that event? Our Lord refers to it here - He says, "At least in this thy day". We know what He meant by "this thy day" - it is the day when the Lord Jesus Christ entered into their midst: King of kings and Lord of lords; it was the day God had spoken of in many places of the Old Testament, preparing them for this day.
They had had hundreds and hundreds of years of preparation for this very day. All their prophets, without exception, referred to it but they were blind to the identity of Christ. They didn't know Him. They didn't recognize Him. Those words of John's Gospel are coming true: "He came unto his own, and his own received him not" (John 1, 11). They didn't know Him. They didn't recognize He was the promised Saviour and the promised Messiah. He saw, therefore, that in forty years time - because this was 30 AD when this was happening - that in 70 AD, the Jewish state was brought under the terrible judgment of God. The Roman armies come. He refers to it in verses 43-44. His lamentation that in another 40 years’ time the Roman soldiers, thousands upon thousands of them, would encircle Jerusalem for the Great Siege, as we call it. There they waited for the Jews to slowly starve to death.
It was one of the most terrible, indeed, probably the most terrible event of history. Women killed and ate their own husbands through sheer hunger. They ate their own babies. They stole food out of one another's mouths as they were at such a point of desperation. The Roman soldiers waited year after year until they knew that the people were famished and then they rushed in and slaughtered them by the thousands. Any who survived were taken violently out of the city to Rome. There they built the Coliseum (Colosseum) and other places as slaves to the Roman Empire.
Our Lord saw this coming. "Thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side. And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee" verse 43-44. Of course, we know that that literally happened. Our Lord was not guessing. This was not some speculative statement; it was prophetic, inspired truth, foreknowledge.
Jesus cried because thy never understood him as the Messiah and the punishment that was impending upon them for not accepting Jesus Christ as the Messiah.
Jesus cried that day basically for two types of people. The first were the people who worshiped him as king but never knew His mission. He cried that they, on this day, understood his heart. The second type of people that Jesus cried for are the people who never recognized him as the Messiah. He was crying for the impending punishment for not accepting Jesus Christ. Today, you maybe worshiping God for years but if you have not understood the mission of Jesus Christ He is weeping over you. Some of you have not accepted Jesus as your personal savior. The Bible says Jesus is going to come again and we are going to be taken to the sky. Jesus is crying at you for the days of punishment of this world are near and if you do not accept him today you maybe left behind from the grace of God.
This sermon belongs to the series Passion Week. Other sermons in this series: