Jesus’ Identity – Sun – 23-04-02

Parades stick in our memories, don’t they? My earliest memory of a parade is of elephants and clowns walking the streets of Moore, Oklahoma when I was in early elementary school. The circus came to town. I remember the parade and visiting the tent pitched on a vacant lot to enjoy the three-ring show.

I remember other parades as well, marching in a band, riding a float or just sitting on the side of the street and enjoying the entertainment passing in front of me.

Today, we remember an even older parade, the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. John 12:12-13 describes it this way: ‘The next day the great crowd that had come for the Feast 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!”’ (NIV 1984)

Notice the crowd hailed Jesus as king. He accepted their cheers and rode a young donkey. In their history, their most powerful king, Solomon rode into Jerusalem in the same way when he was crowned. Jesus’ act affirmed he was their king. This week, we will look at who Jesus claimed to be and what others thought of him. We’ll look primarily in the book of John. Today, we see that Jesus clearly accepted adoration as the king.

How to leave a review:

Visit Elmer Fuller’s author website at:

Bumper music “Landing Place” performed by Mark July, used under license from Shutterstock.