2022-04-10 – Our Jericho Road – Yeshua The Saviour – Palm Sunday – Pastor Ken
Our Jericho Road
(Please refer to the ‘Download Files’ First “Bulletin” below, to see “Modern Map: Jerusalem To Jericho”)
– We have a calling of fulfill – will we fulfill our calling?
– It will embody walking on the Jericho Road
– It will embody helping and bringing relief from suffering to people & to love them
– It will embody suffering
– It may embody a death to embrace. Could be like Peter or John, or… Steven – Only God knows our destiny – our ultimate outcome is in God’s hands alone.
– Jesus will always be with us – He will give us support, someone or even a visitation from God , from the most unexpected and unusual places!
Prayer: As Jesus prayed, Lord, I submit, not my will but Yours be done.
Slide: The Jericho Road
The Jericho road, connecting Jerusalem and Jericho, is about 17 miles long.
In those 17 miles it drops or rises 3,600 feet. It’s steep and it descends sharply, with lots of rocky valleys and passes. It is a notoriously dangerous road.
Until the fifth century it was called the red or bloody way, and in the 19th century people still paid safety money to local sheiks before they travelled on it.
This is the setting for Jesus’ parable the Good Samaritan.
(Please refer to the ‘Download Files’ Second “Bulletin” below, to see: “Map of Jesus’ Later Journeys”)
Slide: Why the Jericho Road?
A Call to fulfill
“Nevertheless I must journey on today and tomorrow and the next day; for it cannot be that a prophet would perish outside of Jerusalem. “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, just as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not have it!” (Luke 13:33–34, NASB95)
“They were on the road going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking on ahead of them; and they were amazed, and those who followed were fearful. And again He took the twelve aside and began to tell them what was going to happen to Him,” (Mark 10:32, NASB95)
Slide: A Kingship to Claim
“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” (Zechariah 9:9, NASB95) 500 BC
Slide: A People to Win
– Hosanna was originally a prayer. “Save now pray.”
– Became an exclamation of praise.
– Now pronounced “Hosheanna” in Hebrew.
– Yeshua sometimes said, “Yehoshua”
Slide: The People Acclaim the King
“On the next day the large crowd who had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took the branches of the palm trees and went out to meet Him, and began to shout, “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel.” Jesus, finding a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written, “Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your King is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.” These things His disciples did not understand at the first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written of Him, and that they had done these things to Him.” (John 12:12–16, NASB95)
Solomon came into Jerusalem on King David’s donkey accompanied by leaders and people casting clothes on the road
Slide: Yeshua the Saviour
Some Parallels of Yeshua the Saviour on the Jericho Road, and Joshua leading the children of Israel across the Jordan River into Canaan:
– Both Joshua & Yeshua enter Judea at the fords of Jericho
– Yeshua stops for one. Zacchaeus servant of Rome
– Yeshua is proclaimed King of Israel by three blind men
– Yeshua unites both present and prophecy with a donkey’s colt.
– Rehab the prostitute becomes Great Grandmother to King David – ancestor of Yeshua
Slide: Egypt’s “Path of God”
LUXOR – Egypt unveiled on Thursday a road lined with hundreds of ram-headed sphinx statues dating back more than 3,000 years, in a grandiose night-time ceremony at Karnak Temple in archaeologically-rich Luxor.
– Dubbed the “Rams Road”, the sandstone-paved path connecting the temples of Karnak and Luxor in the centre of the southern Nile city was officially opened by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and a host of senior officials in a spectacular night-time ceremony.
– The road is nearly three kilometres (two miles) long and named “The Path of God” in ancient Egyptian mythology.
– It is flanked on both sides by statues that were buried for centuries under desert sands before they were revived and restored for display by the country’s Egyptologists in recent years.
– The ram is an embodiment of the ancient Egyptian deity Amun.
Slide: Our Jericho Road
– A call to fulfill
– A death to embrace. Peter or John
– A people to win
– Jerusalem and Antioch The purpose of persecution.