John 18:35-37 35Pilate answered, "I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests delivered You to me; what have You done?"Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm."Therefore Pilate said to Him, "So You are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice."
When Jesus Christ rode on a donkey into Jerusalem, Jews welcomed Jesus Christ and hailed for HIM. They even put their cloaks and a lot of leaves on the ground for Jesus Christ's donkey to walk on. The crowd knew that Jesus Christ had great miraculous power and HE could open the blind, raise the paralytics, cleanse the leprosy, straight the cripple, feed the hunger... So, they believed that Jesus Christ be Messiah. However, they had a wrong understanding about Messiah. Their wrong concepts of Messiah was the Messiah mentioned in Isaiah Chapter 1-39. A great King who was very powerful and HE mightemancipate them from the oppression of the Roman Empire, i.e. a worldly strong King. However, what Jesus Christ did, rendered them to turn against Jesus Christ and crucified Jesus Christ. After entering Jerusalem, instead of going to the mansion of Pilates and defeating the Roman Army with Jesus Christ's Almighty power. Jesus Christ went to give a lesson tothe Jew and cleanse the Temple. From this, we know that Jesus Christ is not the King of this world, this world shall be wasted. Jesus Christ's Kingdom is in the heaven.This also rendered the Jews thought that Jesus Christ not be Messiah. In fact, Jesus Christ is Messiah. This is the Messiah described in Isaiah Chapter 40-66.
Jesus Christ, our LORD, said that HIS Kingdom is not on this Earth in John 18. As a result, we should follow HIM and we should not linger on worldly things such as money, fame, status, career, qualification or even our life. We should not be skittish. We are either the sons of GOD or we are slavesof Satan. There is not other choice. The hard choice for us will come very soon in the Fifth Seal. Be prepared to choose the right choice. The right choice is eternal joy and love. Even in front of us is death, torture, flog, staff, stone, fire, sword... Do not give up our faith and our love to GOD. Nothing is more important than GOD's love. The salvation is precious, this is paid with the heavy price of GOD's blood.
Pray for all of us joyfully have a great banquet with GOD in New Jerusalem.
In Christ love,
I always find the passage your referenced with Jesus [b]joyfully[/b] received Him riding in on a donkey with palm branches laid below and great celebration. Christ wasn't on a great stallion and within one week they chose Barabbas over Jesus before Pilate. All because they wanted an earthly King to free them for "a while" on earth.
Thank for reminding us this is not our home and to reaming steadfast in the faith, "for there are many rooms in my Father's mansion."