The Arrival of the King
Luke 19; Matthew 21
Pastor Durwin Kicker
March 25, 2018
- Read Luke 19:28-44
- At his triumphant entry into Jerusalem on “Palm Sunday,” Jesus arrives as a king.
- Not a warrior king riding on a powerful horse,
- but rather a king of peace “gentle and riding on a donkey.”
- The King requires our obedience
- We are to obey even when we don’t understand
- Luke 19:28-34 – 28 And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, 30 saying, "Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, 'Why are you untying it?' you shall say this: 'The Lord has need of it.'" 32 So those who were sent went away and found it just as he had told them. 33 And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, "Why are you untying the colt?" 34 And they said, "The Lord has need of it." (ESV)
- When we obey, we get to see God at work
- Matt 21:4-6 (quoting Zechariah 9:9) – 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying, 5 "Say to the daughter of Zion, 'Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.'" 6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. (ESV)
- When we obey, God is glorified
- Luke 19:35-38 – 35 And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. 36 And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. 37 As he was drawing near--already on the way down the Mount of Olives--the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, 38 saying, "Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!"
- Matt 21:9 – And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" (ESV)
- Jesus the weeping King
- Jesus wept over Jerusalem
- Luke 19:41-44 – 41 And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, 42 saying, "Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. 43 For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side 44 and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation." (ESV)
- Language of the Scriptures indicates a deep weeping
- It is the word used of Mary’s sobs at the tomb of her brother Lazarus.
- It is the word that describes Mary Magdalene’s sobs at Jesus’ tomb.
- It is the word used of Peter’s “bitter” weeping after he denied Jesus.
- Jesus wept, not for what was about to happen to him
- He wept because people couldn’t see and understand the peace He brought
- He wept because Jerusalem would be decimated in less than 40 years
- He wept because many of these people failed to recognize the Messiah
- He wept because they did not recognize the time of God’s coming (“your visitation”)
- God was at work…and they missed it!
- Will our hearts break for what breaks his?
- Will we weep for people who don’t see the peace of Jesus?
- Will we weep because people are going to die without Jesus?
- Will we weep because the people around us do not recognize “the time of God’s coming”?
- Will we speak up for the King?
- We cannot keep quiet
- Luke 19:39-40
39 And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples." 40 He answered, "I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out." (ESV)
- Do we have an answer?
- Matt 21:10-11
10 And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, "Who is this?" 11 And the crowds said, "This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee." (ESV)
- Whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”
- Crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
- Will we also tell who Jesus is to those who ask? To those who need to know?
1 Peter 3:15 – but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect. (ESV)