The King With a Bloody Crown

Was Jesus Really King

Luke 22:39-46

Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 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. And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, `The Lord has need of them,' and immediately he will send them. "All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: "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.' "So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 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!" NKJV

When we look at the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem we could get excited if we were reading the gospels for the first time. After some three years of great success, Jesus presents Himself to the Jewish people as their long awaited king. The king that would reestablish the kingdom of the great king David.

The Jews of that day groaned under the heavy hand of the Romans and longed for a deliver who would bring back the glory of Israel under David and Solomon.

Herod had done a great deal to pacify the people. He had begun a very expensive project to renovate the temple to its former gander which Solomon's temple enjoyed.

  1. What do we know about a king
    1. They are of royal decent
      1. All the kings of Judah we descendants of David
    2. In a kingdom the king is the primary person
      1. The common people are referred to as subjects
    3. In a kingdom the king is sovereign
      1. There is no congress or supreme court
      2. The king makes the laws and carries out the laws and judges those guilty.
      3. Jesus did not come to be president, He is King
  2. The prophecy of a king
    1. Zech
      1. Zech 14:9 And the LORD shall be King over all the earth. In that day it shall be -- "The LORD is one," And His name one. NKJV
      2. Zech 9:9-10 "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. 10 I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim And the horse from Jerusalem; The battle bow shall be cut off. He shall speak peace to the nations; His dominion shall be 'from sea to sea, And from the River to the ends of the earth.' NKJV
    2. Isaiah
      1. Isa 9:6-7 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. NKJV
      2. Isa 11:10 "And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse, Who shall stand as a banner to the people; For the Gentiles shall seek Him, And His resting place shall be glorious." NKJV
    3. Psalms
      1. Ps 24:7-10 Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, The LORD mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O you gates! Lift up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, He is the King of glory. NKJV
      2. Ps 110:1-2 The LORD said to my Lord, "Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool." The LORD shall send the rod of Your strength out of Zion. Rule in the midst of Your enemies! NKJV
  3. The presentation of the king
    1. The triumphal entry
    2. The rebellion
      1. We don't like the idea of being subjects
        1. Luke 19:11-27 The passage just before our text
        2. Now as they heard these things, He spoke another parable, because He was near Jerusalem and because they thought the kingdom of God would appear immediately. 12 Therefore He said: "A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return. 13 So he called ten of his servants, delivered to them ten minas, and said to them, 'Do business till I come.' 14 But his citizens hated him, and sent a delegation after him, saying, 'We will not have this man to reign over us.'
        3. 15 "And so it was that when he returned, having received the kingdom, he then commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading. 16 Then came the first, saying, 'Master, your mina has earned ten minas.' 17 And he said to him,'Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.' 18 And the second came, saying, 'Master, your mina has earned five minas.' 19 Likewise he said to him, 'You also be over five cities.'
        4. 20 "Then another came, saying, 'Master, here is your mina, which I have kept put away in a handkerchief. 21 For I feared you, because you are an austere man. You collect what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.' 22 And he said to him,'Out of your own mouth I will judge you, you wicked servant. You knew that I was an austere man, collecting what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow. 23 Why then did you not put my money in the bank, that at my coming I might have collected it with interest?'
        5. 24 "And he said to those who stood by, 'Take the mina from him, and give it to him who has ten minas.' 25(But they said to him, 'Master, he has ten minas.') 26'For I say to you, that to everyone who has will be given; and from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. 27 But bring here those enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, and slay them before me.'" NKJV
      2. Our freedom and independence has become a curse to us
        1. First of all we are not and are not able of being independent
        2. Secondly God requires our submission to Him
    3. The death of the King
      1. In another parable
      2. Luke 20:13-16 "Then the owner of the vineyard said, 'What shall I do? I will send my beloved son. Probably they will respect him when they see him.' 14 But when the vinedressers saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, 'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.' 15 So they cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. Therefore what will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16 He will come and destroy those vinedressers and give the vineyard to others." NKJV
  4. The Triumphant King
    1. He will return as a Lion not as a Lamb
      1. As in our responsive reading.
      2. Many do not like to think of Jesus that way
      3. The nominal Christian, the one in name only
    2. He will have a golden crown not one of thorns
      1. He is not just a king but King of kings and Lord of lords
    3. He will take vengeance on this wicked world.
      1. This is foreign to modern Christianity
      2. We have not understood God grace & longsuffering
        1. Its purpose was to lead us to repentance.
        2. It was not meant to mean that God allows sin among His creatures
      3. Those who continue to rebel will be destroyed.
      4. Those who have long rejected the truth of God
        1. Received not the love of the truth
      5. Some do not like the Left Behind series
    4. The King will establish a perfect kingdom
      1. He will rescue the world by ruling with a rod of iron.
    5. At His feet everyone will bow
      1. Phil 2:9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. NKJV

The question for you is not did Jesus come to be king or even will He come to be king but is He king of your life right now? 

 This message was preached at FBC Toulon,

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