"He Came as King"
It is called "Palm Sunday" for a reason. Jesus came into Jerusalem that day as a king. He was hailed as a king. And nothing would stop him from being the King of kings.
He Came As King!
A. It was Passover and Jews from all around came to Jerusalem to sacrifice a lamb, to hold to one of the greatest religious festivals of the Jewish people. The emotions at this time were high with the theme of God’s redemption and the story of the Exodus told again and again. With the strong backdrop of God and probably over a million people thronging the way to Jerusalem, it was time.
B. It’s time. Jesus sent two of the disciples to go and get a colt of a donkey. He even told them that if anyone asked what they were doing to say, “The Lord needs it.” They bring the colt to Jesus, threw their cloaks on it and put Jesus on it. Jesus walked everywhere he went. But today, Jesus is placed upon a donkey that no one has ever ridden.
C. It’s time. The people who had seen the miracles, heard the parables, saw the Rabbi challenge the spiritual leaders where there and they began to spread their cloaks in the road. Others took palm branches and spread them along the road. The King was coming!
D. It’s time. When Jesus came near the Mount of Olives, the people began to praise God in a loud voice. “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest”
E. Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke you disciples!” But it was time. Jesus said, “I tell you if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out!”
F. It’s time we cry out. It is time we let Jesus come as king. It’s time we give up our colt for his needs. It’s time to cry out, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
G. On that day, and on this day, Jesus is seen as King of kings and Lord of Lord. The Great I AM who we submit to and follow as subjects of His kingdom so that we can reign with him for all eternity around the throne of our Father. That is what this day brings.
I. King Jesus
A. Jesus spent three years in ministry to mankind. He healed, taught, loved, and wept. He walked from south to north, from east to west. He gave himself to all who would take of him. He was called teacher and rabbi by some, and a glutton and drunkard by others.
B. It is time to recognize him for who he is, Jesus is king. This church is a church that belongs to Christ. It is not mine, it is not yours, it belongs to Jesus. It is His name that is lifted up and proclaimed in this building. It is His teachings are taught. And on that day when Jesus entered into Jerusalem he was not going to be denied the honor.
C. His kingship would let him go into the temple, a place that was designed to be a house of prayer, a place of worship and when he saw it as a den of thieves; he would knock over the tables and throw out the money changers. It was time.
D. You could feel the intensity in the air. The crowds loved him. Some felt Jesus was going to really come to political power and take the throne of David back. Others saw Jesus as political pain; a sore that had to be dealt with. In the past, Jesus had been low key, but now, he rides like a king, accepts the praises of a king, and comes into the temple acting like God.
II. The Character of Our King
A. There are some things we need to understand as we read this passage. The first is that Jesus knew exactly what was going to happen to him that week. (Luke 18:31-34) Jesus knew he was entering a hostile city. As excited as the crowds were, the religious leaders wanted him dead.
B. The character of our king is one of great courage. Many people would turn away from such a situation, but Jesus, knowing all things, entered Jerusalem as our king. We see courage that week as he cleanses the temple, challenges the spiritual leaders, and teaches publicly at the temple of a destruction that would come.
C. Jesus was not content to be a Rabbi. He was not content to be a Prophet, Jesus was proclaiming himself to be the Messiah. (Luke 22:68-71) There was to be no doubt of the claim of who Jesus said he was, yet, even with his miracles and teachings, many would not believe. Jesus came with courage, came as the Christ, and came to conquer.
A. Listen to the heart of Jesus (Luke 19:41-44). Jesus wept because he had come to conquer sin and death and bring peace between God and man, but many would not believe. Jesus wept because he offers himself, and to this day, many still refuse to believe and make accept him as King.
B. But he doesn’t have to weep over you. For many here today you have claimed Jesus as Christ by coming to him in faith and repentance, having your sins washed away in baptism as his blood cleansed you from all sin, and now you live with Jesus as your king.
C. “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen!”
D. “Worthy is the lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise. The four living creatures say, “Amen!” The elders fall down and worshiped.”
E. Ain’t no rock gonna take my place. It is time to behold our King. If we can encourage your walk with the King, the come as we stand and sing.