Sermon #46†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Series: Mark
††††††††††† Title:†† ††††††††††† ďBlessed Is He That Cometh
†In The Name Of The Lord!Ē
††††††††††† Text:†††††††††††††† Mark 11:1-11
††††††††††† Readings:†††††† Office: Bobbie Estes †Auditorium: Bob Poncer
††††††††††† Subject:††††††††† Christís Public Entry into Jerusalem
††††††††††† Date:†††††††††††††† Sunday Afternoon - March 29, 1998
††††††††††† Tape # U-60a
††††††††††† We have before us a most remarkable story. It tells us of the only recorded event in the life of our Lord Jesus which he intentionally made public to the highest possible degree. It is recorded four times in the New Testament. Obviously, the scene before us is one which ought to be studied carefully and frequently by us. May God the Holy Spirit give us grace and wisdom to learn the things taught here, so that we may properly love, trust, serve and honor our great King, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Proposition:††††††††††† The Lord Jesus Christ, our Redeemer and Savior, God the Son, the second person of the blessed Trinity, is the King of Glory and the King of the Universe.
NOTE: Our Lord Jesus Christ is, always was, and always shall be King over everybody and everything by virtue of the fact that he is God. The one true and living God is King everywhere. He always has his way and does his will. But in this text, we have a presentation of Christ as our Mediatorial King, which is a Kingship and dominion given to him as the God-man by his Father as the reward of his obedience to God as our Mediator (Rom. 14:9; John 17:2; Phil. 2:9-11).
Divisions:†††† There are four things about our great King in this text to which I call your attention. Letís look at each one briefly.
1. The Kingís Power
2. The Kingís Poverty
3. The Kingís Parade
4. The Kingís Praise
I. The Kingís Power
††††††††††† This great King of ours displayed the universality of his power and dominion as the sovereign God and King, as the absolute Ruler of all things, by sending his disciples to fetch an assís colt, on which no man had ever even attempted to ride, to carry him into Jerusalem (vv. 1-6).
††††††††††† There are many things in these first six verses which might properly demand our attention, but my purpose now is to show you the totality of Christís sovereign power as our God and King. Here we see clear, evident displays of that sovereign power.
NOTE: Though Mark simply refers to this beast as a colt, Matthew tells us that it was ďa colt, the foal of an assĒ.
A. His Power Over Providence - He put the colt where he wanted it when he wanted it there.
B. His Power Over The Wills Of Men - We have no way of knowing whether this man was a believer or an unbeliever. But there is no indication that he either knew the Lord or had any advance knowledge that the Master wanted his colt. Yet, he willingly sent his colt away with two strangers because the Lord Jesus so inclined his will.
C. His Power Over Nature and Animals - Who ever heard tell of a man riding an assís colt the first time it was attempted? Yet, the Son of God has such power over the animal kingdom that this untamed, assís colt rides him through the streets as quietly as the most gentle old mare a man ever rode.
D. Learn well the blessed lessons taught by these things.
1. Our great God and King has power to save whom he will. He who is God is God mighty to save!
2. We can safely trust to this great, omnipotent God and King the present and eternal welfare of our lives.
3. Everything that may be needed to carry this great King through the world, everything that may be needed to preach his gospel wherever he wants it preached, whenever he wants it preached, will be provided with ease by the King himself.
4. His servants beg for nothing!
I donít serve a pigmy king or a pigmy god. I serve the omnipotent, sovereign God, the King of glory, who rules all things, owns all things, and disposes of all things as he will. You will not find this preacher bowing and scrapping before men, or begging men to help him do what God has sent him to do. The ambassadors of this King act like they are the ambassadors of this King!
II. The Kingís Poverty
††††††††††† Now, look at verse seven and observe the great poverty in which our Lord Jesus Christ, the great King voluntarily lived all the days of his life on this earth.
††††††††††† The Lord Jesus did not ride into Jerusalem on a white stallion with a diamond studded saddle. He did not fly into town on a private jet. He did not come in a pope-mobile, wearing a white dress and funny looking hat with an entourage of effeminate looking men wearing red capes rubbing good luck beads.
††††††††††† The Son of God rode into Jerusalem exactly as he chose to live in this world, in utter poverty, though he was in need of absolutely nothing. He rode into town on a borrowed colt, not even a borrowed horseís colt, a borrowed assís colt, without a saddle, sitting on someone elseís clothes.
∑ When he was born, he was laid in a borrowed manger.
∑ When he crossed the Sea of Galilee, it was in a borrowed boat.
∑ When he rode into Jerusalem, it was on a borrowed assís colt.
∑ When he looked for a saddle, he was given borrowed coats.
∑ When he died, he was buried in a borrowed tomb.
††††††††††† In the person of our Savior, while he lived upon this earth, there was a marvelous, mysterious, blessed union of humanity and divinity, weakness and power, poverty and riches.
∑ He who fed thousands with a few loaves of bread and two sardines was hungry.
∑ He who healed the sick was often weary.
∑ He who cast out devils with his word was tempted.
∑ He who raised the dead died for us!
What divine, God-like power our Lord displayed in bending the wills of the multitude to escort him into Jerusalem! Yet, what human, man-like weakness he showed in riding into town on his inauguration day on an assís borrowed colt!
††††††††††† Learn three things from our Lordís voluntary povertyÖ
A. The Lord Jesus Christ is a sympathizing High Priest who is touched with the feeling of our infirmities, as well as a God mighty to save.
B. There is no shame in poverty.
††††††††††† There is great shame, or should be, in those characteristics of life and behavior that lead to poverty: drunkenness, profligacy, extravagance, dishonesty, and laziness. But honest, hard working men and women who are poor are just as honorable as honest, hard working men and women who are rich. And they ought to be treated just as respectfully.
C. If we have experienced Godís saving grace in Christ, if we profess that we love the Lord Jesus Christ and wish to prove our love for him, there is one way prescribed in the New Testament, and only one way specifically prescribed, by which we may prove our love for him (2 Cor. 8:7-9).
III. The Kingís Parade
††††††††††† Normally, our Lord Jesus sought seclusion. He often withdrew from the crowd. When men sought to take him by force and make him a king, because his hour was not yet come, he withdrew himself. He was often in the wilderness, in the mountain, or in the desert place. He never sought the public eye, the applause of men, or even the attention of men. In fact, the only time we see the Lord Jesus deliberately calling public attention to himself is here, when he rode into Jerusalem as the King to whom the city belonged.
††††††††††† What a stir there was on this day. I doubt there was a house in the city, or even an inn, in which the events of this day were not discussed well into the night, as well they should have been. Never before or since did any city in this world behold such a parade as this. Yet, there were very few who had even the slightest idea what the events of the day meant. Do you? Do you understand the significance of the things recorded here?
††††††††††† Our Lord deliberately over ruled everything and everyone to draw attention to himself as he road into Jerusalem at the annual Feast of Passover to die as our Substitute, as the true paschal lamb. He fixed it so that every eye was upon him. The scribes, the Pharisees, the Romans, and all the people were made aware of his entrance. He wanted everyone to witness what he was doing.
††††††††††† Our Lordís purpose in all this was threefold.
A. He publicly presented himself as the Christ, the Messiah, the King of Glory of whom the Old Testament spoke.
††††††††††† There is no question about this. As we shall see in just a minute, those who sang his praise used the very words of a messianic psalm to sing his praise.
1. He was about to enter into his kingdom and glory (Ps. 24).
2. His kingdom is not like any other. His is a spiritual, not a carnal, material kingdom.
B. When he came into the temple, our Lord Jesus, this man of Nazareth, came to announce himself as God almighty, the everlasting Son, to whom the house of God belongs and by whose word it is ruled.
††††††††††† The Lord willing, we will look at this in more detail next week, but down in verses 15-17, when our Lord Jesus drove the religious thieves out of the temple, he called the house of God his own house.
NOTE: Christ alone is the King and Lawgiver in his house. He alone is the Head of his Church. His Word alone is our Doctrine Book, Rule Book, and Ordinance Book!
C. The Son of God drew all this attention to himself on this occasion because he intends for us to know and understand the unspeakable importance and pre-eminence of his sin-atoning death as the Lamb of God.
††††††††††† It was not by accident that he came to Jerusalem at this time, but by special divine arrangement. The true Paschal Lamb had come to the holy city to make atonement for sin by the sacrifice of himself. And our Savior would have us to know that this is the most important of all events in history, the most important of all his works, and the most important of all things taught in Holy Scripture. Apart from and without this, everything else is altogether meaningless.
∑ Thank God for his incarnation and birth.
∑ Treasure up his gracious sayings.
∑ Seek to imitate his holy life of serving one another.
∑ Cherish his blessed intercession and priesthood.
∑ Look for his blessed second coming.
∑ But, listen to me now, that one mighty, mysterious work to which our Lord Jesus called the attention of his disciples, to which he calls the attention of the world, to which he especially calls our attention, the crowning act of God himself, is his death upon the cursed tree as our blessed Substitute.
††††††††††† God give me grace to prize it more every day, to preach it more fully and more constantly week by week, to think of it more moment by moment, and to stand in unceasing amazement and ever increasing love before him who loved me and gave himself for me!
∑ It is not the birth of Christ that gives me life, but his death.
∑ It is not the example of Christ that inspires devotion, but his death.
∑ It is not the second coming of Christ that gives me hope, but his death.
∑ Our Master gave us no ordinances to remember or celebrate his birth, or his life, or his passion; but he gave us two to celebrate his death.
††††††††††† Now, look at verses 9 and 10 again, and let me lead you in Ö
IV. The Kingís Praise
††††††††††† This is almost a direct quote from Psalm 118:25-26.
A. Here is a prayer of faith. - ďHosanna! Save now I beseech Thee, O LORD! O LORD, I beseech Thee, send now prosperity!Ē
B. Here is an ascription of praise. - ďBlessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord!Ē
C. Here is a benediction of grace. - ďBlessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord...We have blessed you out of the house of the LORD."
Application: Let me wrap this message up and seek to prepare our hearts for the Lordís table by reading with you the twenty-fourth Psalm, which speaks only of our great King.