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Outline and Audio Sermons:
Dr. Walter D. Huyck Jr. D.Min.

www.thischristianjourney.com


The Kingdom Of God

The King of Peace

Mark 11.1-11

(cf Matt 21.1-11; Luke 19.28-40, John 12.12-19)

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A.   The Mission (vs 7, Matt 21.2-5; Rev 19.11-16) [- And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him. -  There is much to be understood from the picture of our Lord riding, not on a donkey, but upon the colt of a donkey.   The Word of God states,]

 [Matthew 21:2 Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me.]

[Matthew 21:5 Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass. ]

[Notice, our Lord did not ride upon a donkey, he rode on the colt of a donkey.  This is very important to note.  A King riding into a city victorious and as a conqueror would always ride in on a valiant white stallion, this was a noted symbol of honor and victorious conquest.  One day our Lord will ride into Jerusalem riding upon such a stallion, having conquered every foe and will set up His millennial kingdom,]

[Revelation 19:11-16 11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. ]

[Judges riding into a city in peace would ride upon a donkey symbolizing that they were coming in peace and not in spirit of conquest.]

[Our Lord did not come as a conquering King, nor did he come as a convicting judge.  How did he come?]

1.     A Mission of Mercy (vs 7 ; Zech 9.9-10; Heb 2.9) [  And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him. - Our Lord, came into the city riding a colt of a donkey.  As such our Lord is presenting himself as lower than a judge and not as a conquering king, He presents Himself in humiliation as the propitiation for our sins. ]

 [The Prophecy Fulfilled here is,]

[Zechariah 9:9-10 9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass. 10 And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen [Gentiles]: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth. ]

[He comes riding upon the colt of a donkey symbolizing humiliation and sacrifice.]

[Do you understand what your sin required of our Lord?  Your sin required that the God of all creation lower himself is deep humiliation to save you from your sins.

[Hebrews 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. ]

[How low did our Lord Jesus Christ go?] 

[In days of old when two kings went to battle much was at stake.  Often if a king were losing the battle he would call upon one of his trusted warriors to kill him before he were captured. Why?  Because the conquering king would take the defeated king and publicly humiliate him.  One of the shows of humiliation would be that they would take the captured king, strip him of his royal apparel and sit him facing backwards on a donkeys colt and then ride him through the city streets.  It was a sign of great humiliation and defeat.  Was our Lord Jesus Christ defeated when He came and offered himself in Jerusalem?   Folks we are all defeated by sin, and sin and death are the last enemy to be conquered in life.  Our Lord Jesus Christ took the vanquish of sins penalty upon himself for you and I.] 

[If our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to suffer humiliation and defeat to save you from your sins, then what are you willing to do for him in return?  Too many born-again Christians are too proud to fully surrender to our Lord Jesus Christ.  Many Christians are willing to be saved but they are too proud to serve in the most needed capacities in their Church and in the Kingdom of our Lord because it is just too humiliating to them.  Are you willing to fully surrender to our Lord Jesus Christ?]  

2.      A Mission Misunderstood (vs 8-10; Luke 19.38; John 12.13) [– And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off the trees, and strawed them in the way. 9 And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord: 10 Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.]

[Luke 19:38 Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.]

[John 12:13 Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord. ]

[Israel was expecting and looking for a conquering king to deliver them, not a suffering savior to redeem them.  Clearly the crowds that shouted and sang around our Lord were expecting deliverance and dominion as Jesus rode into Jerusalem.  Their hopes would at long last be realized, so they thought, as they fully expected that the Romans would be driven out of Israel.]

[But these crowds would be disappointed in less than a week’s time.  Jesus would not bring political deliverance on this occasion.  Jesus would fulfill prophecies but they would be the prophecies of His death, burial, and resurrection; as recorded in Isa 53 and Psalm 22.  ]

3.     A Mission Maligned (Luke 19.14-16; John 1.11) [- His mission was rejected with indignant hostility.  In Luke 19 our Lord told the story of  a king who went on a long journey.  This king left his servants to steward his affairs.  The story calims, ]

[Luke 19:14-16 But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us. 15And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading. 16Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.]

[Israel would not accept His offer, He was willfully rejected.]

 [John 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. ] 

B.   The Message

 1.     A Message of Providence (Matt 21.4-5; Zech 9.9) [- He was one sent. He was prophesied.] 

[Matthew 21:4-5 All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, 5Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.]  

[Zech. 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.]

[He came in the name of the Lord.] 

2.     A Message of Provision (Zech 9.9; John 3.16; Rom 5.8) [- He came with a divine message.] 

[Zech. 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.]  

[Salvation to every willing person.] 

[John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.]  

[Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. ] 

3.     A Message of Prosperity (John 10.10; Luke 19.41-42) [- Jesus offered the best that one could hope to receive form life, an abounding life.] 

[John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. ] 

[Luke 19:41-42 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, 42Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.]  

C.   The Multitudes [- Those around Him] 

1.     The Responders (vs 4) [- And they went their way, and found the colt . . . – This is obedience.  The Disciples did as they were told, they obeyed.] 

[The responders were those that would hear Him and obey Him.] 

[It is wonderful to respond to our Savior.] 

2.     The Rejoicers (vs 9) [ And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord: - Those that misunderstood.] 

[Those that saw Him coming, were watching for the promised deliverer, and misunderstood what Jesus was doing.] 

[These that were caught up in this enthusiastic moment will cry again in just four more days, but they will cry, "crucify him, crucify him."] 

[It is tragic to misunderstand what God is doing, and fail to join Him in His work.] 

3.     The Rejecters (Matt 21.10-11) [- "And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this? 11And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee" - The religious leaders and the self-righteous.] 

[Those that saw Him, and understood Him, yet refused to accept Him.] 

[It is horrifying to attempt to force human standards and conditions upon Almighty- God.] 

[How do you see the Lord Jesus Christ?]   

[How do you understand what He did for you? ] 

[Do you recognize your need of a Lord and savior or are you caught up with the enthusiasm of the religious crowds, not really knowing what you are doing or who it is that gave all for you?] 

[What would you give for the Lord Jesus Christ?  Are you willing to be humiliated for Him of that is what might be required of you?] 

[Have your received the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior?]

 

  

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