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Emmaus Road - Part 2

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The Ministry and Life of Jesus


     Even the way Jesus conducted His ministry was according to what God foretold long ago. For Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables. "This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet (i.e. Asaph): 'I WILL OPEN MY MOUTH IN PARABLES; I WILL UTTER THINGS HIDDEN SINCE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD.'" (Matthew 13:34-35 and Psalm 78:2) God clearly substantiated Jesus' ministry with miracles. When John the Baptist was sitting in prison he questioned if Jesus was truly the Christ. So John sent messengers to Jesus to ask if He is the Expected One or if there is someone else? (Matthew 11:1-3) Jesus answered and said to them, "Go and report to John what you hear and see: the BLIND RECEIVE SIGHT and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the POOR HAVE THE GOSPEL PREACHED TO THEM." (Matthew 11:4-6, Isaiah 35:5-6, 61:1 and Psalm 22:26-27) Jesus' teaching was with power and authority from God. Even the Sadducees and Pharisees were proved to be in error in their teaching and could not answer Him or ask Him anything to confound Him. (Matthew 21:23-22:45)

     When Jesus entered Jerusalem last week, His "disciples went and did just as Jesus had instructed them, and brought the donkey and the colt, and laid their coats on them; and He sat on the coats." (Matthew 21:6-7) Even this was spoken through the prophet: "SAY TO THE DAUGHTER OF ZION, 'BEHOLD YOUR KING IS COMING TO YOU, GENTLE, AND MOUNTED ON A DONKEY, EVEN ON A COLT, THE FOAL OF A BEAST OF BURDEN.'" (Matthew 21:4-5 and Zechariah 9:9) As Jesus was entering Jerusalem on the colt of the donkey the crowds were placing palm branches and coats on the road in front of Him and they were shouting, "Hosanna to the Son of David; BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD; Hosanna in the highest!" (Matthew 21:9 and Psalm 118:26) Some of the Pharisees in the crowd tried to get Jesus to rebuke the crowds for their words, but Jesus told them, "I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!" (Luke 19:40 and Habakkuk 2:11) Jesus knew that praise must be vocal. This was a joyous moment and even the stones would cry out. Shortly thereafter, Jesus entered the temple where He healed the blind and the lame who came to Him. The children were singing, "Hosanna to the Son of David," and these things upset the chief priests and the scribes. So Jesus said to them, "Yes; have you never read, 'OUT OF THE MOUTH OF INFANTS AND NURSING BABIES YOU HAVE PREPARED PRAISE FOR YOURSELF!'" (Matthew 21:14-16 and Psalm 8:2)

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