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April 8, 2016

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A Different Kind of King

Rev. Mark Dooley, LBC

Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King

11 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples,2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 3 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.’”
4 They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway.As they untied it, 5 some people standing there asked, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” 6 They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go. 7 When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. 8 Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. 9 Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted,
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
10 “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
11 Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.

1. Jesus is a unique King. When we encounter Jesus, we encounter a different kind of King. Jesus comes humble, to serve. Instead of riding into town on a Horse, the animal representing war, he came riding into town on a donkey. Kings are born to reign, but Jesus had come to die.

2. Jesus is a self-aware King. Royal kings “strut” and have bravado. But not Jesus, he was meek and lowly. Jesus shies away from publicity, he sought to avoid the lime light. Jesus acted and moved in certain ways, that he knew would enact a response.

3. Jesus is a compassionate King. Jesus wept over Jerusalem. When was the last time you saw a King weep? He opened blind eyes, he healed the sick. What more compassion could he have shown than to die such a horrible death for us? He willingly died in our place so that we do not have to face the wrath of God. He was the suffering servant. In reality he was the spotless lamb of God, but he died for us.

4. Jesus is a righteous King. Jesus tells us what we need to hear, rather than what we want to hear. He warns us of judgment; he warns us of an eternal hell. He does not sugar coat it. See Matt 24 and 25. He tells us that we can not face eternity without him.

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