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John's Gospel -a new look: no.20 The Messiah arrives.

Updated on May 18, 2013

Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem



Blessed is the person who comes in the name of the Lord. Jn.12:17


When an important general returned from battle in victory he would lead his troops and the captives into the city riding on a white horse. Paul has the picture in mind in 2 Corinthians 2:12-16. A Roman Triumph was only given on very special occasions and followed a specific format.


The Nation of Israel were waiting for the Messiah to arrive and when he did they believed that he would set up his Kingdom in Jerusalem. Jesus at this stage had performed most of his signs outside the city but now it was time to make his triumphant entry. In the words of the prophet the king would arrive riding on a donkey’s colt. This was not what Israel wanted or expected. Somewhere along the line the image of the Messiah had got distorted.


The disciples at first did not understand what Jesus was doing but John tells us (Jn.12:16) that when Jesus was glorified they remembered these things that had been written about him.


As the writer of the fourth Gospel records this scene we need to stand next to the road and cry our with the crowds the great words: “ Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”


Jesus did not fulfill the incorrect expectations of the Jewish Nation but he does fulfill and exceed the expectations of the believer in every age.


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    • Johan Smulders profile imageAUTHOR

      Johan Smulders 

      5 years ago from East London, South Africa

      It certainly is vastly different to the others. You may want to look at one or two of my first articles in the series. Thanks for your comments.

    • JMcFarland profile image

      Elizabeth 

      5 years ago from The US of A, but I'm Open to Suggestions

      John's gospel is a good read, but it is vastly different from the stories, language and intent of the other 3. This topic has been debated among biblical scholars and church leaders since the beginning. the book is a good comparison between John and Luke and comes highly recommended.

    • Johan Smulders profile imageAUTHOR

      Johan Smulders 

      5 years ago from East London, South Africa

      Will try and get hold of the book. In my opinion John's Gospel is a great book. Thanks for reading my article.

      Thanks Jackie for your comment.

    • Jackie Lynnley profile image

      Jackie Lynnley 

      5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Soon we will all see this truth. The days are short and it is so close to being as Sodom and Gomorrah and the days of Noah. They all had their say to Noah, didn't they? Great hub, up and sharing.

    • JMcFarland profile image

      Elizabeth 

      5 years ago from The US of A, but I'm Open to Suggestions

      You should check out Louis Ruprecht's book - "This Tragic Gospel: How John Corrupted the Heart of Christianity. "

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