The Triumphal Entry
11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.
12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself.
13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.
15 Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, "Come and gather together for the supper of the great God,
18 "that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, both small and great."
19 And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army.
20 Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone.
21 And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh. (NKJ)
1 Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples,
2 saying to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me.
3 "And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord has need of them,' and immediately he will send them."
4 All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying:
5 "Tell the daughter of Zion, 'Behold, your King is coming to you, lowly, and sitting on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey.'"
6 So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them.
7 They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them.
8 And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road.
9 Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: "Hosanna to the Son of David! 'Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!' Hosanna in the highest!" (NKJ)
Two thousand years ago on the east side of Jerusalem a popular teacher approached Jerusalem as He had done many times before. But this time was different, this time was in view of the approaching end. He had spent the last three years in a vigorous routine of teaching, healing, and ministering to the needs of multitudes. He had touched the lives of thousands and was the most loved and the most hated man in the country.
As He entered the city, He told his followers to go to a certain place and there they would find a donkey with her colt. They are told to bring them to the teacher. Once everything is in place the teacher sits astride the colt that had never been ridden and began the short journey to Jerusalem. Some of the people held Him as a king while others thought of Him as a traitor that would soon bring the power of Rome down upon their heads and ruin their financial position.
As He approached the city the multitudes were overcome with the excitement of the event and began to cut branches from the trees and to make a carpet of green for this humble king. There is great rejoicing as the crowd works themselves into a frenzy.
But not everyone is excited to see this development. The Jewish rulers now become very concerned that their greatest fears are about to come true. They confront Jesus and ask Him to quite His followers, but Jesus refuses.
Both groups seem to have a knowledge that this is being played out as a fulfilment of several Old Testament passages.
Ps 118:26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD! (NKJ)
Zech 9:9 "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. (NKJ)
But it turns out to be a ride to nowhere. Jesus rides into the city as a king but He is a king rejected. A king despised. From that very day the leaders put all their efforts into how they might kill this would be king. They will within a week incite a riot against Him and have Him delivered to the Roman authorities to be put to death. They will then crucify Him, and bury Him.
But what I want us to see in this passage is that this is not really a triumphal ride of a king into Jerusalem. It is the offering of the king to the kingdom who will not have Him as king. That is why the song that the choir sang is so appropriate. Later that same week according to Matthew's gospel, Jesus says, "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! (NKJ) I see our nation as still rejecting the King. The King who alone can offer to them the things that are eternal. We today, like the Jews of old, don't need a king, don't want a king. We will do very well ourselves. Jesus was too easy to reject.
Jesus was not deceived as were the multitudes. He knew that it would all end with His rejection and crucifixion. The prophets long ago foretold that the Messiah would come and be rejected by His people.
As matter of fact, there is one passage that ties it all together. A prophecy that reaches from 535 b.c. into the future. A passage that tells of both the triumphal entry and the crucifixion and the return of Jesus Christ as seen in the Rev. 19. It is Daniel 9:24-27
24 "Seventy weeks are determined for your people and for your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sins, to make reconciliation for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy.
25 "Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince, there shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublesome times.
26 "And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; and the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, and till the end of the war desolations are determined.
27 Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; but in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate." (NKJ)
Daniel had prophesied the exact day on which Jesus would make His entry into Jerusalem. This was no surprise to God or to Jesus. It was part of God plan. God would allow sinful men to take His Son and shame Him openly to everyone and they God would allow them to put His Only Begotten Beloved Son on a cross and there He would die for our sins.
And God know the exact day when His Son will return as King of kings, and Lord of lords. You see that was not a real triumphant entrance into Jerusalem.
To see that we must go to Revelation 19.
The events briefly described there and in several Old Testament passages will go like this.
The Anti-Christ will be in control as the final world ruler. He will be having a heyday as he persecutes the people of God. At the end, the armies of the east, north and south will come against him but at the last moment Jesus will break through the skies on a white horse, not the colt of a donkey. He will start the journey where He did 2000 years before. But this time not even the Mount of Olives will be able to stand in His presence. The mount of Olives will split to the north and the south. Jesus will destroy those that oppose Him with the breath of His mouth.
There will be no rejection of the Messiah this time. No one will nail Him to a tree or smite His blindfolded face and say who struck you, prophecy to us if you know. When the King of Ages comes He will not come in mercy but in judgment. He will come in justice and not in grace. He will come to execute judgement on the earth.
The Jews will look on the one that they crucified and will see the scars in His hands and they will morn as though they had lost an only child. They will all repent and put their trust in their Messiah.
1 Behold, the day of the LORD is coming, and your spoil will be divided in your midst.
2 For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem; . . .
3 Then the LORD will go forth and fight against those nations, as He fights in the day of battle.
4 And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, from east to west, making a very large valley; half of the mountain shall move toward the north and half of it toward the south. (NKJ)
8 "In that day the LORD will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; . . .
9 "It shall be in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.
10 "And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they have pierced; they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn. (NKJ)
Most of all of this is academic for you and me. We were not there 2000 years ago to either praise or to criticize. The real question is where do we stand today? Is Jesus the one and only King of our lives? Does He reign in our hearts?
This message was preached at FBC Toulon, by Albert Harmon. See it at http://toulonbaptist.com