When Your King Comes In
Luke 19:28 When He had said this, He went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 And it came to pass, when He drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mountain called Olivet ,that He sent two of His disciples, 30 saying, “Go into the village opposite you, where as you enter you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Loose it and bring it here. 31 And if anyone asks you, ‘Why are you loosing it?’ thus you shall say to him, ‘Because the Lord has need of it.’” 32 So those who were sent went their way and found it just as He had said to them. 33 But as they were loosing the colt, the owners of it said to them, “Why are you loosing the colt?” 34 And they said, “The Lord has need of him.” 35 Then they brougaht him to Jesus. And they threw their own clothes on the colt, and they set Jesus on him. 36 And as He went, many spread their clothes on the road. 37 Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works 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!” 39 And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” 40 But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”
John 12:12 The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13 took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: “Hosanna! ‘ Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ The King of Israel!”
Matthew 20:27 And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your servant— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Jesus is a king like no other. He is not a king who comes to conquer. He is not a king who arrives in opulence and demands servitude. He is a king who serves, saves and empowers his followers.
King Jesus rides on the faith of givers and worshippers. When we want Jesus to enter our lives and circumstances, we must be prepared to follow His instructions, demonstrate our faith, and worship from our heart and with our substance. Jesus looks for faith, since it is the environment of blessing and miracles. Jesus looks to see if people will honor father God, who is always looking for true worshippers who worship in Spirit and in Truth.
In that day and in many cultures today, people understand the principle of honor and the protocol of entering the presence of elders and kings. Today, there is a lack of understanding of the importance of honor and honoring people who are worthy of honor.
Kings and rulers had a reputation for being petulant (easily annoyed and complaining in a rude way like a child), cruel, overbearing and self-centered. Jesus can to not only save souls, but to restore the concept of servant-leadership.
God’s priests had lost sight of the principle of honor
Malachi 1:6, “A son honors his father, And a servant his master. If then I am the Father, Where is My honor? And if I am a Master, Where is My reverence?
Matthew 10:40 “He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me."
When we honor God by honoring those He has send, and keep ourselves in alignment with divine purpose and keep our hearts clear of selfish ambition.
Worshippers and givers have a heart to honor and please God. From the text, look at the characteristics of people who worship and honor,
Obedience, "Go into the village...."
- Attention to detail, "Find a colt tied..." (not "now what did Jesus say?")
- Recognition of Jesus authority, "The Lord has need of it..."
- Sacrificial giving by unnamed owner of donkey. Sacrificial giving by the disciples and onlookers, "They spread their OWN clothes on the donkey...
A sacrifice is not something we do that we don’t want to do. A sacrifice is offering up something costly and precious.
- Remembrance of blessing, "All the mighty works they had seen..."
- Worship and praise, "Blessed is the King who comes..."
We call this "Palm Sunday" because of the palm branches that were broken off and both waved and laid before Jesus (John 12:13). This was a genuine expression of honor for Jesus and father God at that time. However, the real sacrifice came from the man whose donkey was borrowed and those who laid their clothes on the donkey and on the ground before Jesus. Something noted in Luke's gospel.
The fact that we focus on the palm branches is an interesting commentary on the level of our faith and personal worship. Waving palms is an appropriate celebration, but being true worshipper requires much more.
Something the donkey owner may have known
There have been ancient laws that required citizens to render to any King any item or service he or one of his emissaries might require. The donkey owner clearly knew something about Jesus. I suggest to you that he loved Jesus and recognized His kingly authority. For all we know, this man or a family member may have been healed by Jesus.
What would we call "Palm Sunday" if we recognized the greater cost of faith and worship? What if we were required to give up our own cars, equipment (today's donkeys) and the clothes we are wearing today? Most people would rather rip down some palm branches and wave them around than do something truly valuable. If followed the example o the man who gave the most, we would call it “Donkey Sunday.”
The unknown person who allowed his donkey to be used started something. He is the most significant person in this story other than Jesus. Given our bent towards religious traditions, if the donkey owner had a name, people would have probably named a church after him long ago. We like stories with peoples and things that we can imagine and dramatize.
He also became a part of God's prophetic plan. Somehow, he sensed that Jesus was a King who brought life, provision and a high return on any investment.
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey. Zechariah 9:9
If you had been there, would you have given your best coat or garment to Jesus? You say "Yes!" but would if the purpose was not for wearing, but to become a saddle on a donkey's back for Jesus to sit upon? Or what if your suit or dress were used to lay on the ground for Jesus and donkey to walk on?
It's time for us to prepare the way for Jesus through raising the level of our serving, giving, praising and starting something so powerful that even bystanders take notice.
Not even the Pharisees could dampen the reality of this worship and praise. Jesus said that if the people did not serve and praise Him, that the rocks would cry out! Everything in creation that is not under the control of the devil (like Pharisees and too many folks today) wants to praise God.
Remember: "Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation."
Now put that little palm branch down and go get something worth giving to our King and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ!
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