Proclaiming Him King

Luke 19:29-44

Preached at FBC Toulon, IL, April 8, 2001 by Albert Harmon

29 And it came to pass, when He came 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 brought 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."

41 Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it,42 saying, "If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.43 "For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side,44 "and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation." (1982). The Holy Bible, New King James Version.

 

  1. The Preparation v-29-34
    1. The Place: And it came to pass, when He came near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mountain called Olivet,
      1. This is just beyond the Mount of Olives.
      2. The villages of Bethany and Bethphage were very close to one another.
      3. The distance is between one to two miles from Jerusalem.
      4. While Bethany is mentioned many times in the gospels, this is the only mention of Bethphage, in reference to the Triumphal Entry.
      5. Jesus had entered Jerusalem many times, but on this occasion it to be much different.
    2. Jesus Omniscience: that He sent two of His disciples, 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. "And if anyone asks you, 'Why are you loosing it?' thus you shall say to him, 'Because the Lord has need of it.' " So those who were sent went their way and found it just as He had said to them. But as they were loosing the colt, the owners of it said to them, "Why are you loosing the colt?" And they said, "The Lord has need of him."
      1. Jesus knew everything.
      2. He knew that this animal would be there.
      3. He knew that someone would object.
      4. But He also knew what answer would suffice them.
      5. It is good to know that Our Lord anticipates every situation and nothing escapes His knowledge.
      6. We can move ahead as long as it is at His direction, knowing that He already has the end secured.
  2. The Presentation v-35-36: Then they brought him to Jesus. And they threw their own clothes on the colt, and they set Jesus on him. And as He went, many spread their clothes on the road.
    1. There was an undeniable fulfilment of prophecy concerning the coming Messiah.
      1. 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.
      2. Jesus had been very careful to never let the people think He was the Messiah until this point.
      3. He had performed many signs and miracles and yet has always required as sort of secrecy from them.
      4. But now the hour determined by the will of the Father has come.
      5. Jesus will now set in motion the events that will lead to His eventual arrest and crucifixion.
    2. In this manner Jesus was figuratively answering the question as to His Messiahship.
      1. He was presenting Himself to them, offering Himself to them as their King.
      2. Jesus was under no delusion as to the outcome of all of this.
      3. He knew exactly where this would lead.
      4. It was for this purpose He has come into the world.
      5. Notice in John 12:27 27"Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? 'Father, save Me from this hour'? But for this purpose I came to this hour.
      6. This even in John is connected to and follows the Triumphal Entry.
      7. Jesus knew exactly what He was doing and He knew were it would lead for His hour had come. Notice back in John 12:23 23But Jesus answered them, saying, "The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified.
  3. The Praise v-37-38: 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!"
    1. There are several different reports of what was said by the crowd that day.
      1. Essentially they are all saying the same thing.
      2. They are proclaiming the coming Messiah,
      3. They are welcoming the King the Son of David.
      4. They are anticipating the future kingdom.
    2. The people recognize what Jesus is doing and they join in.
      1. Many of them have no doubt wondered why He has waited this long to proclaim His rightful place as King of the Jews.
      2. The disciples could not be happier.
      3. The disciples have for months now anticipated this very moment and even had been sporting with one another for their own positions in the kingdom.
      4. The disciples knew what they were seeing but the forgot what Jesus had repeatedly told them, that He was going to Jerusalem to die, not to reign.
    3. The difference between the disciples and the multitudes.
      1. Both are seen here rejoicing and proclaiming Jesus as the king.
      2. Both are anticipating His overthrow of the Romans and the establishment of the Kingdom.
      3. The difference lies in the response to death of Jesus.
        1. If you look carefully at the gospel accounts, especially John, you will find that Jesus did all the wrong things if He were going to follow through on becoming the Messiah.
        2. He continued to speak of His death and the future destruction of Jerusalem.
        3. These are hardly themes that will gather the crowds around you.
        4. Jesus used these truths to diminish the enthusiasm of the multitude.
      4. But the disciple really believed and they could not turn against Him as the crowd would.
      5. As Peter had said, Where else shall we go, only You have the words of eternal life.
      6. I like to put it this way:
        1. The multitudes were willing to follow as long as Jesus held up what they considered His end of the bargain.
        2. But they are not willing to die for Him or with Him.
        3. The disciples on the other hand were filled with the Holy Spirit and could not reject the Son of God, regardless of how it all turned out.
        4. They like the multitude had Messianic expectations but they would not turn against Him if those expectations were not met.
  4. The Protest v-39-40 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."
    1. The Pharisees dilemma
      1. They too knew the Old Testament prophecy.
      2. They too saw the signs and miracles that Jesus had done.
      3. They too as Nicodemus had said knew that no one could do these miracles that Jesus did unless God was with Him.
    2. But they sinned against all light.
      1. They had their minds made up and would not be persuaded by facts.
      2. They crucified Jesus and tried to cover up the fact of His resurrection.
      3. They continued to even chastize the disciples.
    3. Jesus said of them that they were blind guides.
    4. They were afraid of losing their positions.
    5. So they request that the disciples should stop all this praise.
      1. They wanted the praise to stop
      2. They were dismayed that all the people were caught up in this event.
      3. They themselves could not enter into to it and they did not want other to praise Jesus either.
      4. But Jesus tells them that if these should be quiet that the very stones would cry out.
  5. The Pity v-41-44; 41 Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it,42 saying, "If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.43 "For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side,44 "and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation."
    1. We see the unending compassion of Jesus. V-41
    2. He relates the importance of this event. V-42a
    3. He indicates their blindness. V-42b
    4. He foretells of their future destruction. V-43, 44a
    5. He once again relates the reason for their destruction. V-44b

       

Conclusion: each person in this account responded differently to Jesus. Even today we all have the opportunity to respond to Him. Either we can deny Him and demand that others not worship Him. Or we can follow Him as long as He is what we want Him to be and as long as life is good and His blessings are upon us. Or we can trust Him without reservation. We can pray for His blessings but not make our faithfulness depend upon our perception of God favor. We can follow Him even to death.

The decision is ours. Is Jesus your king. Do you follow Him regardless.

FBC Toulon April 8, 2001 Proclaiming Him King

 

This message was preached at FBC Toulon, by Albert Harmon. See it at http://toulonbaptist.com