Jesus Is Passing Your Way Sunday, December 10, 2017
JESUS IS PASSING (KJV)
By, James L. Thornton
Luke 19:1. “And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.”
This would be the last time that Jesus would pass through Jericho. Ten days from this day Jesus would be hung on a cross seventeen miles further east.
This journey actually started in a stable close by Jericho, thirty three years before. From his birth till His death He had a mission, “To seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10)
He would pass through many towns and villages, some more than once, on his way to Calvary. In many of them this verse would tell the entire story. “And Jesus entered and passed through…”
In a number of other towns and villages the story would not be told in a single sentence.
“Once to every man and nation,
Comes the moment to decide,
For the good or the evil side.”
( James Russell Lowell, The Present Crises.)
I firmly believe that, some time, or another, at some circumstance or another, Jesus passes through our lives, and it is up to us to seize the opportunity to invite Him into our lives to stay.
For many people Jesus enters and passes through their lives with not much reaction, they simply shrug it off and nothing seems to come of it. Others receive him, with joyful results.
Something happens, when Jesus really comes into our lives.
Luke 24:32. “And they said one to another, did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?
On this day in Jericho, when Jesus was passing, two men seized the moment to receive from him a life changing experience.
First There Was A Blind Man:
Luke 18:35. “And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging:
36. And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant.
37. And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by.
38. And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me.
39. And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, thou son of David, have mercy on me.
40. And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him,
41. Saying, what wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight.
42. And Jesus said unto him, receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee.
43. And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.
Second There Was A Tax Collector:
Luke 19:1. “And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.
2. And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.
3. And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.
4. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.
5. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.
6. And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.
7. And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, that he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.
8. And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, i restore him fourfold.
9. And Jesus said unto him, this day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.
10. For the Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
1. Early in his ministry Jesus came to take up an abode here and would spend more time here than in any other place, outside of Nazarus. For three and one-half years Capernaum was the abode of God. (Matthew 4:13)
2. A man was healed when let down through the roof. (Mark 2:4)
3. A woman with an issue of blood was healed. (Mark 5:25-34)
4. A centurion’s servant was healed. (Matthew 8:5-13)
5. He was rejected by many in Capernaum, a city that saw more of Him, and his miracles than any other city. (John 6:59-66)
6. Jesus would choose as many as five of their citizens as disciples.
1. A widow’s son was raised from the dead. (Luke 7:11-16)
1. Jesus cast a legion of devils out of a man. (Luke 26-35)
1. Jesus spent most of his early life, growing up in Nazareth. (Luke 2:39 & 51)
2. He was rejected by the people who should have known him best. (Luke 4:16-30)
1. He visited Jerusalem as a twelve year old boy and discussed the scriptures with the teachers of the law. (Luke 2:41-50)
2. Jesus visited Jerusalem many times during his ministry and performed some of his greatest miracles. (John 5:1-9; 9:1-7)
3. It was here also that Jesus preached some of his most searching sermons. (Matthew 24, 25; John 7, 8, 9, 10)
4. It was at Jerusalem where Jesus was the most disappointed in the ones who heard him and would not heed his teaching.
Matthew 23:37. “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would i have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!”
5. Jesus wept over the city of Jerusalem.
Luke 19:41. “And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,
6. It was in Jerusalem that Jesus was acclaimed with praise as he came riding on a donkey.
7. Less than twenty-four hours later Jesus was crucified just outside the city walls.
We can ask the question, what will you do when Jesus passes by in your life?
Will you be as the blind man who cried for, and received mercy, or as those of Capernaum who simply walked away, or even as those of Jerusalem who acclaimed him yet later crucified him?
Will the story be told in the simple sentence, “And Jesus entered and passed through…”
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By, James L. Thornton