Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 8, 2019

“God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation” – “Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation”

Today’s devotion comes from John 12:9-19.

“The large crowd of the Jews then learned that He was there;  and they came, not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might also see Lazarus, whom He raised from the dead.  But the chief priests planned to put Lazarus to death also;  because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and were believing in Jesus.

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.  So the people, who were with Him when He called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead, continued to testify about Him.  For this reason also the people went and met Him, because they heard that He had performed this sign.  So the Pharisees said to one another, “You see that you are not doing any good;  look, the world has gone after Him.”  John 12:9-19.

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“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.

There were three signs for the Jews mentioned in today’s Scripture, namely, that Jesus was mounted on a donkey’s colt, that there was such a joyous reception of Jesus by the crowd, and that Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead.

But, God’s elect “Shout in triumph”, not because there were such signs, but rather, because God chose them, the elect, for salvation and that Jesus was endowed with salvation to save each one of them, God’s elect.

“Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you.  Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven.”  Luke 10:19-20.

“For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom;  but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.”  1 Corinthians 1:22-24.

But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.”  1 Corinthians 1:30-31.

“But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth.  It was for this He called you through our gospel, that you may gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.  So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us.”  2 Thessalonians 2:13-15.


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