Sunday Morning Podcast April 9, 2017. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: ZECHARIAH 9:9-10
9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
10 And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth.
ISAIAH 62: 9-12
9 But they that have gathered it shall eat it, and praise the LORD; and they that brought it together shall drink it in the courts of my holiness.
10 Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people.
11Behold, the LORD hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold his reward is with him, and his work before him.
12 And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.
The above prophesies foretold the coming of Jesus, (which is accounted below) …as the way of Salvation .
Luke 19: 28-38
28And when he had thus spoken, he went before, ascending up to Jerusalem.
29 And it came to pass, when he was come nigh to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount called the mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples,
30 Saying, Go ye into the village over against you; in the which at your entering ye shall find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat: loose him, and bring him hither.
31 And if any man ask you, Why do ye loose him? thus shall ye say unto him, Because the Lord hath need of him.
32And they that were sent went their way, and found even as he had said unto them.
33 And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said unto them, Why loose ye the colt?
34 And they said, The Lord hath need of him.
35 And they brought him to Jesus: and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon.
36And as he went, they spread their clothes in the way.
37And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;
38 Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.
This was the triumphant entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem; the people’s worship and preparation were all for Jesus to come through. The city was filled to the brim! His entrance was very important to celebrate the Sabbath. There, in the midst of this, Jesus entered, while shouts of praise came by His many followers, to honor a King who was coming. Many rightly saw Jesus here, as the King of kings, and Lord of lords, prior to His crucifixion and resurrection.
And this is how it is everyday for God’s children. They are reminded always of a new birth spiritually; of how Jesus came to this earth as a baby, who would be the Savior of mankind through His death, and His resurrection. This is a specific illustration also, how Jesus comes into hearts and lives to be praised and to deliver us into a life that He has given the example of. His life illustrated to all, that a Savior had come! But because of the many led by their own fleshly opinions and wisdom, they thought in error that Jesus as a king would reign in a literal earthly kingdom.
Today, people also are often ruled by their own opinions and ways, living with sin in their hearts while being religious. It is caused by people not truly seeing and having Jesus as King of kings, and Lord of lords, to accept that they can reign over all sin. Here (in Luke 19) the people were tired of being oppressed. It was here Jesus showed, that they like Him, could defeat sin. It was here, that they received Him as their King, while He rode a lowly donkey, an example of humility, yet also with power. Jesus had true humility, and didn’t need the symbol of man’s power of opinions, pride and human strength. Likewise our opinions don’t matter, and will be broken down when put before God’s wisdom. If we have true humility we will be in submission to God’s will, and forsake all sin. It is then that we will be able to enter into the Triumph of Christ’s kingdom of holiness, freeing us from all oppression. We then will be able to keep our heart, or spiritual temple, clean by God’s Spirit.
What do you want? If you want to make heaven, you will keep your temple clean. If you want to keep it clean, you will do whatever it takes to defeat sin, and have a Triumphant Entry….