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Humble like a King

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Welcome to Zion Baptist Church this Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020 message. As we celebrate and remember the triumphant entry of on Sunday, let us also keep in mind that he as later convicted as an innocent man to die by crucifixion as the great sacrifice for the sin of the world.
Out text today describes Jesus approaching Jerusalem and Jesus instructing his disciples to bring him what he needs for his entry to fulfill the prophecy as the gospel writer records in .
Matthew 21:1–11 NLT
1 As Jesus and the disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to the town of Bethphage on the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent two of them on ahead. 2 “Go into the village over there,” he said. “As soon as you enter it, you will see a donkey tied there, with its colt beside it. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone asks what you are doing, just say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will immediately let you take them.” 4 This took place to fulfill the prophecy that said, 5 “Tell the people of Jerusalem, ‘Look, your King is coming to you. He is humble, riding on a donkey— riding on a donkey’s colt.’ ” 6 The two disciples did as Jesus commanded. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt to him and threw their garments over the colt, and he sat on it. 8 Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road ahead of him, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting, “Praise God for the Son of David! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Praise God in highest heaven!” 10 The entire city of Jerusalem was in an uproar as he entered. “Who is this?” they asked. 11 And the crowds replied, “It’s Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
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Jesus prepares for his entry

Jesus sends two disciples ahead when they get to the town of Bethphage on the Mount of Olives. The setting has some meaning. The location Bethphage, “house of unripe figs” is close to Bethany, which could be the possible village the disciples were sent to go and receive the colt and the donkey ().
The location Bethphage, “house of unripe figs” is close to Bethany, the village the disciples were sent ().
The Mount of Olives is the location in where Yahweh is standing on the Mount of Olives in time of eschatological fulfillment. This echo of scripture adds to the significance of Jesus presence on Mt. Olives to signal the events to lead to his crucifixion.
Notably also from this Mount Olives Jesus ascends to heaven and to that site that he will return when the eschaton is fully and finally to dawn (cf. ; )” (WBC NT).

Jesus as the Messiah fulfills the prophecy

Matthew 21:4–5 NLT
4 This took place to fulfill the prophecy that said, 5 “Tell the people of Jerusalem, ‘Look, your King is coming to you. He is humble, riding on a donkey— riding on a donkey’s colt.’ ”
This is references from and .
Isaiah 62:11 NLT
11 The Lord has sent this message to every land: “Tell the people of Israel, ‘Look, your Savior is coming. See, he brings his reward with him as he comes.’ ”
Zechariah 9:9 NLT
9 Rejoice, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey— riding on a donkey’s colt.
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The disciples obeyed Jesus command. What is also is implied is the owner of the colt and donkey obey the Lord’s command as well. Jesus told them to say, “The Lord needs them.”

The people rejoice in seeing the prophetic picture before them.

Matthew 21:6–11 NLT
6 The two disciples did as Jesus commanded. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt to him and threw their garments over the colt, and he sat on it. 8 Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road ahead of him, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting, “Praise God for the Son of David! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Praise God in highest heaven!” 10 The entire city of Jerusalem was in an uproar as he entered. “Who is this?” they asked. 11 And the crowds replied, “It’s Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
Matthew 21:6-

Who is this?

Matthew 21:11 NLT
11 And the crowds replied, “It’s Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Jeopardy response to who is this.

If you were playing Jeopardy and the Category is Bible and the window reveals Jesus. Who is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee? or Who is the Son of God? or Who is the Lamb of God? Who is my Redeemer? Who is my Savior? Who is the lion of the tribe of Judah? Who is the lily in the valley? Who is the bright and morning Star? Who is the Great I am? Who is Lord of lords and King of Kings? Who is the Messiah? Who is King?

Some of the people acknowledged Jesus as Messiah

The praised God for the Son of David.
The praised and blessed God for Jesus who comes in the name of the Lord!

Those who did not know what was going on

Then the human description of Jesus is given as well that shows him as the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.

Jesus the Humble King

The peoples response show us the awesomeness of Jesus as the messiah who comes to redeem the world. The gospel writer also makes clear that this event is a fulfillment of scripture of a humble King. I want to address how the humility of our savior is a beautiful display of love and mercy.

Jesus demonstrated quiet power and strength by his humble character.

Think what it means to all powerful and all knowing and at the same time unassuming and meek. Here is Jesus who can make the winds and the sea obey his command walking the earth as the son of a carpenter. The Son of God clothed in flesh to show us submission so he can show us power.
Sometimes we see people in power flaunt their authority and celebrate their self-righteousness with pretentious behavior.
Yet, the creator of the worlds shows humility. Jesus is modest and promotes a low view of one’s own importance; humbleness. Another way to define one who is humble as Jesus in biblical times would be one who was not overly impressed by a sense of one’s self-importance, gentle, humble, considerate, meek and unassuming.
Humility can be defined as modest or low view of one’s own importance; humbleness. Another way to define one who is humble as Jesus in biblical times would be one who was not overly impressed by a sense of one’s self-importance, gentle, humble, considerate, meek and unassuming.

The Creator of All is the most humble of all.

to not being overly impressed by a sense of one’s self-importance, gentle, humble, considerate, meek in the older favorable sense (cp. OED s.v. 1b; Pind., P. 3, 71 describes the ruler of Syracuse as one who is π. to his citizens, apparently the rank and file [Gildersleeve]), unassuming D 3:7a; Mt 21:5 (Zech 9:9). W

Jesus’s humility is an example for all of us to display. Humility is a great show of power. People confuse force with power.

Force vs Power

Getting something to do something because of your influence is power. Getting someone to do something under the compulsion of threat of violence is force.
Force – strength or energy as an attribute of physical action or movement. 2) coercion or compulsion, especially with the. Use of threat of violence.
Power – the ability to do something or act in a particular way, especially as a faculty or quality. 2) the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events. 3) physical strength and fore exerted by something or someone
Jesus did not force himself but because of his power people were attracted to him and followed him. Jesus could have used his power to force but he showed his great power by his love. His love shows us grace in the moments we need it most.

Let us respond to the power of Love

The love of Jesus was shown on calvary. The power saves the soul, restores hearts and reconcile the lost. May we make room for the Lord in our lives and see him as our King and surrender to his power willingly and humbly. Humble like Jesus is headed to the cross. Let us to deny our self pick up our cross and surrender to the Lord.
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