ImmerseMessiah NLT - Page 434


“Praise God!
Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hail to the King of Israel!”
Jesus found a young donkey and rode on it, fulfilling the prophecy that
“Don’t be afraid, people of Jerusalem.
Look, your King is coming,
riding on a donkey’s colt.”
His disciples didn’t understand at the time that this was a fulfillment of
prophecy. But after Jesus entered into his glory, they remembered what
had happened and realized that these things had been written about him.
Many in the crowd had seen Jesus call Lazarus from the tomb, raising
him from the dead, and they were telling others about it. That was the
reason so many went out to meet him—because they had heard about this
miraculous sign. Then the Pharisees said to each other, “There’s nothing
we can do. Look, everyone has gone after him!”
Some Greeks who had come to Jerusalem for the Passover celebration
paid a visit to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee. They said, “Sir, we
want to meet Jesus.” Philip told Andrew about it, and they went together
to ask Jesus.
Jesus replied, “Now the time has come for the Son of Man to enter into
his glory. I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil
and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—
a plentiful harvest of new lives. Those who love their life in this world
will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep
it for eternity. Anyone who wants to serve me must follow me, because
my servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who
serves me.
“Now my soul is deeply troubled. Should I pray, ‘Father, save me from
this hour’? But this is the very reason I came! Father, bring glory to your
Then a voice spoke from heaven, saying, “I have already brought glory
to my name, and I will do so again.” When the crowd heard the voice,
some thought it was thunder, while others declared an angel had spoken
to him.
Then Jesus told them, “The voice was for your benefit, not mine. The
time for judging this world has come, when Satan, the ruler of this world,
will be cast out. And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw
everyone to myself.” He said this to indicate how he was going to die.

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