Jesus is Lord of All
29 As they came to the towns of Bethphage and Bethany, on the Mount of Olives, he sent two disciples ahead. 30 "Go into that village over there," he told them, "and as you enter it, you will see a colt tied there that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks what you are doing, just say, `The Lord needs it.' "
32 So they went and found the colt, just as Jesus had said. 33 And sure enough, as they were untying it, the owners asked them, "Why are you untying our colt?"
34 And the disciples simply replied, "The Lord needs it." 35 So they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their garments over it for him to ride on.
36 Then the crowds spread out their coats on the road ahead of Jesus. 37 As they reached the place where the road started down from the Mount of Olives, all of his followers began to shout and sing as they walked along, praising God for all the wonderful miracles they had seen.
38 "Bless the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in highest heaven!"
39 But some of the Pharisees among the crowd said, "Teacher, rebuke your followers for saying things like that!"
40 He replied, "If they kept quiet, the stones along the road would burst into cheers!"
41 But as they came closer to Jerusalem and Jesus saw the city ahead, he began to cry. 42 "I wish that even today you would find the way of peace. But now it is too late, and peace is hidden from you. 43 Before long your enemies will build ramparts against your walls and encircle you and close in on you. 44 They will crush you to the ground, and your children with you. Your enemies will not leave a single stone in place, because you have rejected the opportunity God offered you." NLT
This message was preached April 13, 2003, at FBC Toulon, by Albert Harmon. See it at ToulonBaptist.com
The story we read today is one of bitter sweet. Jesus comes to the city of God, His chosen people, the place where He has placed His name and where He was to be worshiped.
He has come to His temple as Zechariah had said and the crowds literally leap for joy. They have come to celebrate the coming King. Not just any king but the one who is the King of kings and Lord of lords. They provide their own clothes to prepare a carpet for His humble beast. And their tumultuous cheers disquiet even the hardened Pharisees.
The crowds swell around Him as they are caught up in fervor of the crowd.
Yet all in all it is quite anti climatic. For Jesus has not come to be their victorious king to save them from the oppression of the Romans. He has not come with armies nor has He any use for them. He does not give a stirring speech to rally the people to follow Him.
Instead He has come to be King of their hearts and minds. He has come to set them free from their depravity and sin. His kingdom will not raise armies of warriors but warriors of prayer. His subjects are not promised earthly glory but suffering and loss. His followers will not become generals of war but ambassadors of peace.
As we look at this passage this morning there are just a few observations I would like to make.
- Never a King cared for His subjects as this king.
- He wept over the city.
- Luke 19:41 But as they came closer to Jerusalem and Jesus saw the city ahead, he began to cry. 42 "I wish that even today you would find the way of peace. But now it is too late, and peace is hidden from you. 43 Before long your enemies will build ramparts against your walls and encircle you and close in on you. 44 They will crush you to the ground, and your children with you. Your enemies will not leave a single stone in place, because you have rejected the opportunity God offered you." NLT
- Because they would not have them to reign over them.
- Luke 19:26 " `Yes,' the king replied, `but to those who use well what they are given, even more will be given. But from those who are unfaithful, even what little they have will be taken away. 27 And now about these enemies of mine who didn't want me to be their king--bring them in and execute them right here in my presence.' " NLT
- Because they made a good show but had no heart to follow Him.
- He would die for them.
- There was never a question of this in the mind of Jesus.
- He knew that this was the purpose He had come into the world.
- He desires us to share in His kingdom.
- You see this whole scene in our story was set up but Jesus.
- He desired to share the glory of His kingdom with His people.
- His kingdom is voluntary.
- He desires our submission to His authority.
- He has done much to win us over.
- He left heaven to come down to earth.
- He humbled Himself by taking on human flesh that He had created.
- He subjected Himself to the laws of nature and even those in authority over Him, His parents.
- He worked with a faltering weak group of disciples with little faith.
- He allowed Himself to be betrayed by one close to Him.
- He allowed the Jews that rebellious and sinful people to reject Him.
- He allowed His creatures to mock and humiliate Him.
- He allowed the common soldiers to crucify Him on a cruel cross.
- All of that was to try to reach into your heart and touch you with His love.
- But in the final analysis every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that He is Lord.
- There will come a day when Jesus will no longer be mocked by His creatures.
- There will come a day when every knee will bow and every tongue will confess.
- Phil 2:5 Your attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had. 6 Though he was God, he did not demand and cling to his rights as God. 7 He made himself nothing; he took the humble position of a slave and appeared in human form. 8 And in human form he obediently humbled himself even further by dying a criminal's death on a cross. 9 Because of this, God raised him up to the heights of heaven and gave him a name that is above every other name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. NLT
- He has given to us the ministry of reconciliation.
- 2 Cor 5:20 We are Christ's ambassadors, and God is using us to speak to you. We urge you, as though Christ himself were here pleading with you, "Be reconciled to God!" 21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. NLT